Storm Freya live updates as M4 and other roads are closed due to high winds

The M4 motorway has been closed as Storm Freya hits Wales.

The motorway is closed in both directions at the Briton Ferry Bridge, as the storm gathers strength.

Forecasters have warned the winds could cause damage to buildings and trees, and may cause power cuts and difficulties on the roads.

Already this afternoon, a river burst its banks at Hirwaun, causing the A465 to be closed . Drivers took over an hour to travel between Merthyr and Glynneath, with reports of traffic queuing up to five miles.

Two crashes on the M4 on Sunday afternoon closed lanes at Swansea and Bridgend, with wet weather and high winds making driving conditions difficult.

Severe gales of up to 80mph have been forecast for Wales as Storm Freya hits.

At around 6.30pm, the A470 was closed in both directions in Powys, as a fallen tree blocked the road. The Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire was closed to high-sided vehicle at around 4pm.

By 4.15pm, a gust of 87mph had been recorded in Seven Stones, Cornwall.

With high tide hitting the Welsh coastline at 5pm, seas are likely to be rough. People were out this evening on Porthcawl Pier, eager to watch the waves crashing over the pier.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning , which runs from 3pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday.

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/storm-freya-live-updates-m4-15915488