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Major incident declared over Storm Eunice as major bridges likely to shut

Storm Eunice has been declared a major incident by authorities in the southwest of England as police warned it was likely two major river crossings would be closed due to high winds.

Stormy conditions across the south and west threaten disruption and even “danger to life” on Friday, the Met Office said, as people were urged to only make essential journeys.

The Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum – a multi-agency group that includes emergency services, local authorities, the NHS and the Environment Agency – declared a major incident “due to the potential for severe disruption”. The area’s police force said as a result of forecast winds of 90mph, it was likely that both the Severn crossings, the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge, would be closed.

“The storm has the potential to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions along the length of the west coast of Somerset through the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary into Gloucestershire,” Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.

“The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Severn Beach and flood alerts for Porlock Weir, along the Severn between Avonmouth and Sharpness and along the Avon into Bristol.

“There is also a risk of 90mph gusts of wind causing coastal flooding and affecting trees and temporary structures. This could cause disruption to the road and rail network, flights, power and communications systems with a high likelihood that both the M4 Prince of Wales bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge will be closed.

“Members of the public are asked to avoid travelling on Friday morning wherever possible.”

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