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Orwell Bridge remains closed in Storm Ciara winds

PUBLISHED: 19:40 09 February 2020 | UPDATED: 23:14 09 February 2020

The Orwell Bridge during Storm Ciara Picture: ALEX BLAGONA

The Orwell Bridge during Storm Ciara Picture: ALEX BLAGONA

ALEX BLAGONA

The A14 Orwell Bridge near Ipswich remained closed on Sunday evening after Highways England bosses said wind speeds were still too high.

However, at 10.15pm, Highways England issued an update and said they aimed to open the bridge by midnight.

- Read the update here.

The bridge usually closes when wind speeds reach a threshold of 50mph, so today's gusts of 60mph to 70mph forced it to close between 4am and 7pm today.

Weather forecasters are predicting wind speeds to die down overnight but say blustery conditions will persist into Monday and Tuesday, bringing gusts of 40mph to 50mph.

MORE: Your pictures as Storm Ciara brings chaos to Suffolk

- Stay with us for Orwell Bridge updates as they happen.

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