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Traffic warning for East coast bridges during Storm Aileen

There is a warning for some drivers to avoid the Dartford Crossing during Storm Aileen on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/PA Images

Highways England is warning drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbikes to avoid the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk and the QE2 Dartford Crossing in Essex as Storm Aileen blows through on Tuesday night.

Wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour are forecast for some parts of the Anglia region and the Met Office has issued an amber weather warning.

The Orwell bridge on the A14 and the QE2 bridge, which is part of the M25, are among 53 exposed sections of road than road authorities are warning drivers to take care on.

There is a warning for some drivers to avoid the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk during Storm Aileen on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/PA Images

"We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds and heavy rain expected from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

– Richard Leonard, Head of Road User Safety at Highways England

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Heavy showers and thunderstorms in the Anglia region

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  • The rainfall radar video below shows the areas in the Anglia region affected by the thunderstorms
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