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UPDATE: QE2 bridge and Sheppey Crossing close as Storm Imogen moves toward Kent

PUBLISHED: 12:19 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:01 08 February 2016

Wind expected

Wind expected

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70mph winds are expected

An amber weather alert has been issued for Kent’s motorways and major A roads for most of today (Monday) as Storm Imogen brings gusts expected to reach up to 70 miles per hour.

The QE2 bridge and the A249 Sheppey Crossing have both closed due to the high winds.

Traffic at the Dartford Crossing is being diverted through the tunnels, with Kent-bound traffic heading through east tunnel.

Meanwhile motorists heading towards the Sheppey Crossing are being asked to use the Kingsferry Bridge as an alternative.

Strong gales are expected to last until around 6pm this evening.

Lorries, caravans and motorcycles are being warned to consider the need to drive during the storm.

Meanwhile trains in the county will be slowed down to cope with the storm.

A statement from Southeastern read: “Due to the forecast severe weather conditions, speed restrictions will be in place on some routes across Kent from 11am.

“Please make sure you check before you travel, as disruption is likely.

“With wind speeds expected to be so high, it is possible that debris and trees may be blown on to the line.”

Gary Webb, from Highways England warned: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and would encourage drivers, especially those driving high sided vehicles, motorcycles or considering a trip with a caravan, to consider driving conditions before setting off as they could be difficult.

“If you do have to make a journey by road be prepared, plan your journey in advance and check the latest weather conditions along your route.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

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