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PorthcawlNatural Resources Wales warned people to be careful out on the coast

High winds are causing difficult driving conditions in Wales and there have been warnings of a flood risk into Sunday evening.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said eight flood warnings are currently in place in coastal areas of Wales, with concerns over high tides.

The Cleddau bridge was closed with speed limits on the Britannia and old Severn bridges.

The Met Office has warned of gusts of 50-60 mph, 70 mph along exposed coasts.

There is a yellow (be aware) warning for wind, with a forecast is for heavy, blustery showers with very strong winds continuing overnight. By dawn, winds may start to ease a little inland, with some clear spells in the east.

NRW said with the weather conditions expected to continue on Saturday evening into Sunday, combined with the high tides, there could cause localised flooding with sea spay and overtopping particularly Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and the Newport coast.

Eight flood warnings were in place at 14:07 GMT for: Tidal areas at Borth, Clarach Bay and Aberystwyth in Ceredigion; Newgale and Dale in Pembrokeshire, Penclawdd in Swansea, Newton and Porthcawl in Bridgend county and Barmouth in Gwynedd.

There were also alerts from Swansea Bay, Gower and the Carmarthenshire coast.

Officers from Natural Resources Wales are monitoring sea surge, wind and waves as it could lead to further alerts being issued and possibly tidal flood warnings.

The Britannia Bridge over to Anglesey has a 30mph speed limit.

On the M48 there are speed restrictions on the old Severn bridge with one lane currently closed. In Pembrokeshire, the Cleddau Bridge was closed after an earlier closure to high-sided vehicles.

A 50mph limit was also set on the M4's Briton Ferry bridge.

A fallen tree blocked a lane of the A4061 at Bridgend.

Swansea coastguard said it has advised two people to get off the pier at Porthcawl due to the waves breaking over it.

A coastguard team is at the pier.

A spokesman said: "It's pretty rough down there."

Milford Haven Coastguard said a vessel in the haven has recorded a gust of 70 knots (80mph) at around 14:30 GMT.

Western Power Distribution report a power cut affecting homes in the Pontaddulais area.

For the latest on flood alerts and warnings and how you can prepare go to Natural Resources Wales or call Floodline 0845 988 1188.

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