Gales could hit 80mph again in Wales warn forecasters

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Media captionMore blustery conditions are on their way with gusts of up to 80mph expected

Severe gale force winds are heading back to Wales - with some motorists already facing travel restrictions.

Forecasters have issued another yellow "be aware" weather warning for wind, until the early hours of Friday.

The M48 Severn Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles, with speed restrictions on other parts of the M4.

Gusts reached 96mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Wednesday evening, with electricity supplies cut to thousands of homes during the night.

Four flood warnings were in place for rivers in Powys, Carmarthenshire and Wrexham along with 14 flood alerts.

Motorists are being advised to take care on sections of the M4 motorway, on the Kenfig viaduct and on the Briton Ferry bridge, which both have speed restrictions in place.

An earlier stacking operation on the A55 in Gwynedd stopping lorries from crossing the Britannia Bridge has now been lifted, however a 20mph speed limit remains in place.

Restrictions on the Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire have also been lifted.

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Image caption The River Usk flooding in Llanarth

Elsewhere, the A4042 Llanellen Bridge is closed in both directions due to flooding between Llanellen and the A40 Monmouth Road in Monmouthshire.

Both Irish Ferries and Stena Line say some services between Wales and the Republic of Ireland have also been affected.

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Image caption Hail stones on Market Street in Newport, Pembrokeshire, on Thursday

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