Violent weekend storm damage

Monday 4 November 2013, 16:21

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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Wales may have missed the worst of the St Jude's storm of 27-28 October 2013 but it was a different story this weekend when another area of low pressure brought strong to severe gale force winds.

The strongest winds hit the south and west coast, especially the Bristol Channel coast.

A 6m swell was recorded from a wave buoy just off Porthcawl and residents were saying it was the most spectacular storm they had ever witnessed with huge waves crashing 70ft into the air, engulfing the lighthouse and harbour wall.

At the peak of the storm the wind at Mumbles Head in Swansea touched violent storm force 11 with a gust of 89mph at 4pm on Saturday.

Alexander Davies tweeted me this shot of a large uprooted tree in Singleton Park, Swansea. 

Waves smashing onto Worm's Head, Gower by Blackmountainsphoto on Twitter.

Inland there were some lively gusts with 63mph recorded at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan and 60mph at Lake Vyrnwy weather station Powys which is over 1100 feet above sea level.

The wind was strong enough to cause some disruption, minor damage and bring down a few trees.

Aberystwyth seafront was damaged during the recent storm.

You can see more photos and a video of Aberystwyth here.

Last night another low pressure brought heavy rain to south Wales with nearly 13mm of rain recorded in Usk between 9pm Sunday and 9am Monday.

The rain cleared before dawn and some of us woke up to the first frost of the season and in mid Wales, the temperature fell as low as -1 Celsius.

The weather is in better shape today with sunshine and a few showers in the north but it’s only a brief respite in the unsettled spell.

A very strong jet stream over the Atlantic will bring further spells of wet and windy weather this week interspersed with sunshine and showers.

Heavy rain on Wednesday could well lead to some localised flooding given the ground is near saturated.

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