STORM Ali is battering the North Wales coast.

There have been reports of traffic restrictions and ferry cancellations, as well as power cuts and the closure of protected buildings across the area.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday, September 19 between 6am and 10pm.

Ali has brought a spell of very windy weather, with gusts of 50-60 mph possible inland.

Restrictions for bikes, motorcycles and caravans have been placed on Britannia Bridge over the Menai Strait.

Traffic Wales, the traffic authority that manages the bridge, tweeted: "Restrictions in place on A55 Britania Bridge.

“Winds are expected to get stronger and there may be a chance of increased restrictions.”

Meanwhile in Anglesey, all swift fast craft ferry sailings have been cancelled on Irish Ferries between Holyhead and Dublin.

A power cut caused by an overhead network fault in Cyffilliog, near Ruthin, left 150 to 250 homes and primary school Ysgol Cyffylliog without power.

There are also reports of power outages in Rhewl and Bontuchel, while in Colwyn Bay earlier today (Wednesday) around 100 homes lost power.

A spokesperson for Scottish Power said: "Around 100 homes in Colwyn Bay were without power between 8am and 9am this morning.

"This was due to an overhead network fault.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Fallen trees have been reported in the Brenig and Llanbedr area.

Elsewhere, historic buildings Conwy Castle and Denbigh Castle have been closed to prevent hazards.

Cadw, the historic environment service that oversees the castles, said: "Some of our sites are closed due to high winds.

"Please phone our sites ahead of your visit to check their opening times."

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain between 4am and 10pm on Thursday, September 19.

Updates to follow.