Storm Katie wreaks havoc across the East

High winds and localised flooding have meant disruption for motorists and daytrippers across the region.

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Bridges closed as Storm Katie winds top 60mph

The Queen Elizabeth bridge across the River Thames between Essex and Kent is closed due to high winds. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing and the Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk have been closed because of high winds from Storm Katie.

Winds in south Essex have been gusting above 60 mph.

The QEII bridge takes southbound traffic to Kent around the M25, which is now using one of the tunnels under the Thames. The M25 southbound entry slip road is also closed.

The A14 in Suffolk is closed in both directions between J56 and J57 near Ipswich due to strong winds being experienced on the Orwell Bridge. Road users are being diverted via local roads through Ipswich.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region on Monday 28 March 2016

  • 62 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 58 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 57 mph at Southend airport, Essex
  • 53 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 52 mph in Lakenheath, Suffolk
  • 50 mph at Norwich airport, Norfolk
  • 50 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 50 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in force for strong winds in parts of the Anglia region on Easter Monday until 3pm

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