M5 traffic latest: Lorry overturns on motorway as Storm Eunice’s 90mph winds shake Bristol

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Motorists are being urged not to travel along certain stretches of the M5 as the winds rapidly increase in speed. The whole of the South West region is bracing for the powerful winds as the huge storm crashes into land. Avon and Somerset has declared a “major incident” after the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning for the region. Bristol City Council has advised schools to close today, while many libraries, tourist attractions and park cafes have also shut.

Motorists are being urged not to travel along certain stretches of the M5 as the winds rapidly increase in speed.

The M4 Prince of Wales Bridge remains open but the M48 Severn Bridge is closed in both directions.

People are only being advised to make trips if they are essential.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix tweeted: “M48 Severn Bridge in both directions closed due to strong winds between J2 A466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow) and J1 A403 (Aust).

“Traffic is coping well. Diversion – M4 Prince of Wales Bridge.

“Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to recovery work and overturned lorry on M5 Southbound from J20 B3133 Ettlingen Way (Clevedon) to J21 A370 (Weston-super-mare).

“Lanes one and two (of three) remain closed to recover and clean-up after a lorry overturned in the middle of the night.”

The Severn Bridges Twitter account, run by National Highways, wrote: “M4 bridge Prince of Wales remains OPEN at this time.

“M48 Severn Bridge is closed in both directions.

“We continue to monitor wind speeds and gusts.

“We will continue to update through the morning.

“Please only travel if it is essential.”

South West Wales Police has also said Earlswood Bridge on the M4 has been closed in both directions between Junction 41 Port Talbot and Junction 42 Fabian Way.

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