Saturday, 8 February 2020

Violent storm to hit Suffolk at weekend - could Orwell Bridge be forced to close? / Orwell Bridge set to close for 15 HOURS on Sunday


Storm Ciara is heading to Suffolk this weekend. Picture: MICK WEBB

Storm Ciara will bring strong winds to Suffolk this weekend and into early next week - with Highways England confirming speeds could exceed the 50mph threshold and cause the Orwell Bridge to close.


Highways England have already announced they are closing the Orwell Bridge for a mammoth 15 hours on Sunday as wind speeds are expected to well exceed the safety threshold of 50mph.


A14 Orwell Bridge Update for this weekend - we've had an updated forecast which shows strong winds from early Sunday morning to mid-afternoon Sunday. We're continuing to monitor but currently that is the risk period forecasts show going over threshold.

A yellow weather warning for high winds has been put in place by the Met Office, which will last from 6pm on Saturday to midnight on Sunday. 

Highest speeds of up to 70mph are predicted for parts of Suffolk on Sunday afternoon - which according to the Beaufort scale is classed as a "violent storm". 
Adam Dury, a forecaster at Weatherquest, said wind speeds will start to increase on Saturday night, with gusts of 40-50mph. 
Speeds will then slightly decrease overnight but will pick up on Sunday afternoon, with Mr Dury confirming gusts of around 60-70mph.

He said: "The strongest winds will be on Sunday afternoon, but it is likely Suffolk could see 50mph winds again throughout Monday and Tuesday."
Suffolk residents are advised to expect some delays to road and rail transport, as well as spray and large waves in coastal areas.
There is also a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
If the wind speeds do hit predicted speeds, a decision will be made by Highways England to close the Orwell Bridge.
The Orwell Bridge typically closes to all traffic if wind gusts of 50mph are predicted to a high degree of certainty in a non-favourable direction - although it has been closed in lower wind speeds.
Highways England has confirmed it will be monitoring the weather closely in the lead up to the weekend and throughout.
In a tweet, it said: "We've had an updated forecast which shows strong winds from early Sunday morning to mid-afternoon Sunday. 
"We're continuing to monitor but currently that is the risk as period forecasts show going over threshold."


Orwell Bridge update for Sunday 09/02/2020 - current forecasts are indicating the wind will breach our thresholds at 3am and will continue until 6pm Sunday. We are currently planning to close the bridge between this period subject to forecast changes.


HIGHWAYS ENGLAND UPDATES
Breaking News

Here is the latest information on the Breaking News



Road users who are wishing to use any part of the Highways England Network across the country are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today (Saturday 8th) and tomorrow (Sunday 9th February) as strong winds are forecast until at least 20:00 on Sunday. 
Highways England is working closely with the Met Office in monitoring the weather conditions. As a result of the forecast, we have issued a Severe Weather Alert for gales across the entire Highways England network covering ALL regions. 

The severe warning will be in affect from 08:00 09/02/2020 until 20:00 09/02/2020.

Road users are advised to take extra care when travelling, to allow plenty of extra time to complete your journey and to consider whether your journey is necessary before setting out, by first checking the latest forecast and road conditions. 

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and major trunk roads is available on our website at http://www.trafficengland.com/ or by calling our 24/7 Customer Contact Centre on 03001235000. For information on weather conditions across the country, also visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk.

Last updated on: 08/02/2020 11:34

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/storm-ciara-suffolk-70mph-storm-orwell-bridge-closure-1-6502249

Felixstowe
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, IP11
Today     Thu 6 Feb GMT
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19:00
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Tomorrow     Fri 7 Feb GMT
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00:00
SSE8 mphto10 mph6 °C0 mm
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Sat 8 Feb GMT
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00:00
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03:00
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Sun 9 Feb GMT
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00:00
SSW26 mphto41 mph8 °C0 mm
99 %1014 mb
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06:00
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09:00
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12:00
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15:00
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Mon 10 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
WSW29 mphto51 mph9 °C0.3 mm
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03:00
W30 mphto48 mph8 °C0.1 mm
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06:00
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WSW28 mphto46 mph7 °C1.4 mm
97 %998 mb
21:00
WNW20 mphto32 mph4 °C0.1 cm
77 %1000 mb
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Tue 11 Feb GMT
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00:00
W25 mphto39 mph3 °C0 mm
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W26 mphto40 mph4 °C0 mm
19 %1013 mb
   ▲07:18   ▼17:00
 = Snow
Wed 12 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
W25 mphto40 mph3 °C0 mm
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40 %1016 mb
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WSW21 mphto33 mph5 °C0 mm
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Thu 13 Feb GMT
HourWindAvg.GustTemp.Rain 3hCloudPress.
00:00
SW23 mphto37 mph6 °C1.5 mm
100 %1012 mb
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W16 mphto28 mph7 °C0.8 mm
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Fri 14 Feb GMT
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00:00
SW21 mphto35 mph5 °C0.5 mm
100 %997 mb
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SSW20 mphto26 mph5 °C6.9 mm
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