Severe weather warnings issued in Bristol
Severe weather warnings have been issued for the South West - with winds of up to 65mph hitting coastal areas and heavy rain causing a risk of flooding.
In Bristol the bad weather has been causing problems over night and this morning - bringing down several trees.
Fire crews have been called several times and dealt with a tree which had crashed through the wall of a house in Highdale Road, Clevedon.
Overnight they also dealt with fallen trees in Kingsweston Road near Blaise Castle, Muller Road and Canford Lane.
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This morning there was a tree down on A370 at Brockley and the road has been closed; Hotwell Road was also closed outbound until this afternoon.
Bristol ship the Matthew was blown off its moorings in Kent this morning and narrowly escaped suffering damage as it was blown across river.
Parts of Clevedon seafront were shut off after 40ft waves battered the coastline.
North Somerset Council closed off the beach this morning after large waves topped over the prom and onto the road.
Coastguards from the town’s seafront station were also along on standby as a precaution, advising people who had come to have a look at the giant waves not to walk along the promenade.
Clevedon Coastguard deputy station officer, John Buck, said: “We were called to be on standby to advise people to stand back from the water.
“I would estimate the waves breaking over the seafront are around 40ft high.
“The fact that there are spring tides is made worse by the fact that the winds are also whipping them up.”
Clevedon Pier was also closed for the day due to the stormy weather, although the Toll House Gallery remained open.
Hoardings put up around the derelict Royal Pier Hotel – soon to be developed into luxury apartments – were also blown down as winds of 50mph battered the seaside resort.
Roads around Clevedon were also left strewn with debris and branches from trees.
A deep area of low pressure from the Atlantic is moving slowly north east, touching North Wales before passing over the North Sea by evening – bringing heavy rain and wind with it.
Aisling Creevey, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “What we are seeing is tight pressure gradients across the UK, meaning it is really windy.
“Winds could reach up to 65mph across exposed coastal areas of Wales and south west and southern England."
The gusting winds will also bring large waves – possibly up to five-and-a-half metres in parts of the English Channel.
And a day of heavy rain is a real possibility for much of the country.
Ms Creevey said: “The heaviest rain will be across Wales, the Midlands and western and northern England. The South West could see anywhere between 15mm and 25mm of rain.”
The weather has also forced the closure of the Tyntesfield Estate at Wraxall.
Bosses at the estate took the decision to close the house and gardens today as strong winds and driving rain batter the west country.
The gardens have been closed because of a risk of debris falling from the trees.
The closure is in line with the Trust's national policy on high winds in gardens, because of the clear risk of people being hurt by falling debris.
Tyntesfield House is also closed since the only access routes pass through wooded areas which have also had to be closed.
Wind speeds are forecast to reach 54mph at Tyntesfield today, and the estate is required to close when they exceed 40mph.
Tyntesfield operations manager Linda Coode, said: "We have an open location with panoramic views across to the River Severn, which leaves us vulnerable to high winds. Trees are in full leaf at the moment and visitor safety is our priority."
However Home Farm – with its shop and restaurant - is still open to visitors.
Once the winds die down, qualified National Trust staff will go back in to visually inspect the safety of trees before reopening.
However, high winds are forecast for tomorrow so visitors are advised to check before setting out.