The fifth named storm of the season – Storm Eleanor – has brought wind gusts of 100mph to parts of the UK.
A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issued across parts of the UK and Ireland.
Across the border in Suffolk, the Orwell Bridge (A14, J56-J57) had been closed for safety reasons, due to high winds.
In Colchester and surrounding areas gusts of 60-70 mph are likely along exposed coasts, with the more exposed locations seeing gusts close to 80 mph.
Inland gusts exceeding 60 mph are possible as the area remains on a yellow weather warning until 18:00, Wednesday.
On the UK mainland, the Met Office recorded gusts reaching 100mph in Great Dun Fell in Cumbria.
Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The wind will pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday as Storm Eleanor begins crossing the UK and Ireland.“Storm Eleanor will bring a very windy spell on Tuesday night and Wednesday with gales or severe gales in places and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued as there is the potential for some travel disruption.”
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 3, 2018
The AA expect “hazardous conditions” calling for motorists to batten down the hatches.
Vince Crane, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “Those on the road, expect disruption and drive to the conditions.
“This may mean slowing down so that sudden gusts don’t blow you as far off course. Road closures are likely, particularly on exposed bridges or where debris or fallen trees cause blockages, so check your route and plan for diversions.
“Strong or sudden gusts of wind are more likely on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles. Wind can also bring down trees, blow you off course or blow other vehicles into your path.”
The advice to motorists is to be prepared as some roads will be treacherous. Never attempt to drive through flood water and to listen out for warnings of traffic hold-ups or check the AA App for potential delays.
UK Power Networks are expecting “a period of unsettled weather” and have advised customers to get in touch if they experience any power outages.
Power cut? You can contact us 24/7 either by calling 105 or texting POWER and your postcode to 80876. pic.twitter.com/szQ8bxBLXN
— UK Power Networks (@UKPowerNetworks) January 3, 2017
Flood advice, alerts and warnings published can be found online at www.gov.uk/flood or for the latest advice or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.