High winds force closure of Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Media captionEyewitnesses said the bridge's deck and suspension cables could clearly be seen swaying

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol was shut for more than an hour due to high winds.

Bridge master Dave Anderson said he could not remember wind ever previously closing the 704ft (214m) Grade-I listed structure.

Witnesses said the bridge's deck and suspension cables were swaying.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings nationally, with Bristol experiencing gusts of up to 55mph (89km/h).

Mr Anderson told BBC Radio Bristol they had measured wind speeds of 66mph (106km/h) earlier - with 55mph (88km/h) being their threshold of when to shut the bridge.

Pedestrians and cyclists continued to use the bridge but those on two-wheels were instructed to dismount and walk instead.

Previously, the bridge had only been closed to traffic for maintenance and during the Bristol Balloon Fiesta nightglows and fireworks.

Elsewhere in the city, the Severn Beach line was closed due to a fallen tree and a car was hit by another tree in Stapleton.

Image caption A number of trees fell during strong winds across Bristol

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