Severe weather returns to Britain

The dangerous weather conditions that resulted in two deaths earlier in the week have returned across the country after a quiet spell on Wednesday.

Strong winds of 87mph were experienced in the Welsh village of Capel Curig and the rest of the country saw speeds of between 50mph and 70mph.

Aisling Creevey, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Thursday was going to be a very windy day.

The expert added: "There will be wind gusts of between 60 and 70mph across northern Britain, Wales and south-west England, with gusts of 80mph in exposed areas of Scotland and northern England."

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said the team received a "high number" of weather related calls on Wednesday night and urged motorists to only go out in the "severe" weather if it was necessary.

The Highways Agency said the Severn Crossing between England and Wales was closed to high-sided vehicles and motorcycles in both directions due to the winds.

Delays are expected on the M25 because of the Dartford Crossing's QEII Bridge closure and the A66 was also shut after a tree collapsed onto the A19 and a number of lorries were blown over.

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