'Be aware' warning as gusts reach up to 70mph on Welsh coast

Stormy weather in Porthcawl Image copyright Matthew Horwood
Image caption Stormy weather in Porthcawl on Sunday morning

Exposed parts of the Welsh coastline have been hit by winds of up to 70mph.

Ferry services from Pembrokeshire to Ireland were cancelled, as were Irish Ferries' fast craft sailings from Anglesey while train services had speed restrictions imposed.

The Severn Bridge M48 eastbound and Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire were closed but have since reopened.

Some gravestones have been damaged at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery after a large tree was brought down.

On Anglesey, speed restrictions were in place on the Britannia Bridge, which has been closed to high-sided vehicles all day on Sunday.

Further weather warnings for rain have also been issued for Monday and Tuesday, with forecasters saying up to 80mm (3in) of rain could fall in 48 hours, especially over higher ground in north Wales.

"With this rain following a wet November, particularly over North Wales, the ground is saturated and rivers are expected to rise in response," said the Met Office.

"Localised flooding is possible as the water moves downstream through the rivers - indeed some rivers may continue to rise on Wednesday, despite the rainfall easing."

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Image caption A large tree has fallen at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery causing damage to gravestones
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Image caption Waves batter the coastline at Tywyn in Gwynedd

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