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Orwell Bridge set to close for 15 HOURS on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 13:10 07 February 2020 | UPDATED: 08:44 09 February 2020

The Orwell Bridge is set to close on Sunday Picture: ARCHANT

The Orwell Bridge is set to close on Sunday Picture: ARCHANT

The Orwell Bridge is set to be closed for 15 hours on Sunday due to strong winds.

Highways England announced the plans following forecasts which show that the full force of Storm Ciara due to hit the county in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The highways authority now says it is planning to close the bridge from 3am on Sunday to 6pm, subject to a change in forecast.

It is predicted that wind speeds could reach 70mph over the weekend, the fastest speed recorded in two years in Suffolk.

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A yellow weather warning for high winds has been put in place by the Met Office, which will last from 6pm on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

Adam Dury, a forecaster at Weatherquest, said wind speeds will start to increase on Saturday night, with gusts of 40-50mph.

Speeds will then slightly decrease overnight but will pick up on Sunday afternoon, with Mr Dury confirming gusts of around 60-70mph.

The weather is also threatening to disrupt the railway network, with Network Rail offering a warning to its passengers.

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