Wales

Storm Gareth: Strong winds cause transport disruption

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Image caption The warning covers all of Wales and large parts of the rest of the UK

Forecasters have warned much of Wales could be battered by gale force winds, as Storm Gareth arrives.

Roads were closed and flights and ferry services affected earlier on Tuesday as winds began to build.

Flights from Cardiff to Edinburgh and Belfast were delayed and ferry services between Pembroke and Rosslare and Dublin and Holyhead have been affected.

A yellow "be prepared" warning for the whole of Wales is in force from 21:00 GMT Tuesday until 15:00 Wednesday.

It warned that the storm could bring winds of up to 65mph.

The M48 Severn Bridge has reopened in both directions with a 40mph speed restriction after it was closed in both directions for several hours on Tuesday morning.

Traffic was being diverted via the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge.

The A466 is closed in both directions due to a fallen tree between Mayhill and Redbrook.

The launch of a ferry service in Carmarthenshire has also been postponed due to poor weather.

StenaLine and Irish Ferries passengers crossing the Irish Sea are advised to check on the status of their service.

Winds are expected to reach 55mph inland and 65mph along western coasts, with heavy rain also forecast.

But gusts ahead of the storm, which was named by the Irish Meteorological Service, have already caused disruption before the weather warning comes into effect.

The Met Office said there could be transport disruption, delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges, and a short-term loss of power and other services.

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