Storm Dennis: The Orwell Bridge remains CLOSED
PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:44 16 February 2020
SARAH LUCY BROWN
The Orwell Bridge is currently closed - and is due to remain shut until 9am today.
Storm Dennis has brought strong winds of up to 65mph and rain to the region, which has a yellow Met Office warning in place.
The bridge was closed by highways officials at 3pm yesterday as wind speeds were above the threshold of about 50mph.
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Today, Highways England has said they expect to reopen this stretch of the A14 at 9am.
They tweeted: "We are monitoring the wind speeds for the #OrwellBridge and expect to have it reopened by 0900hrs. We will keep you updated throughout the morning. Thank you for your patience."
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Forecasters said wind speeds were expected to be between 50-60mph throughout last night, with a chance of gusts of up to 65mph during the morning.
As the heavier rain clears, the strong winds will also tail off into the afternoon.
A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place, which means some disruption to travel is likely and there could be some short-term loss of power.