High winds close old Severn Bridge in both directions

A worker clears a fallen tree which blocked a footbridge in Cardiff Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption A worker clears a fallen tree which blocked a footbridge in Cardiff

Winds of up to 97mph have hit parts of Wales but the worst of the weather appears to be over.

Overnight, bridges across Wales were closed and a roof blew off a property in Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taff after gusts reached 97mph.

RNLI crews were called in difficult conditions after fears for people in a car which had left the road and ended up on a beach in Caernarfon, Gwynedd. All were found safe.

Winds have eased during Tuesday.

Overnight, wind speed was recorded as 97mph at Capel Curig, Conwy.

But as gusts eased on Tuesday morning, driving conditions improved with both Severn crossings being re-opened, as well as the A477 Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire after being partially shut on Monday.

However speed restrictions remain in place on the Britannia Bridge in north Wales.

And the A466 near St Arvans, Monmouthshire, was partially blocked by a fallen tree along with both lanes on A458 near Llanfair towards Llanerfyl in Powys.

Emergency services have reported no major problems.

A fire crew from Cardiff was called to the Travelodge in Cardiff Bay after a three metre length of aluminium cladding came away from a window, which temporarily closed the road.

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Image caption High waves hit the south Wales coastline at Porthcawl

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