Wales

Gale force winds expected to ease after Wales battered

  • 12 September 2011
  • From the section Wales
The house in Mount Pleasant, near Merthyr Tydfil
Image caption The roof blew off this house in Mount Pleasant, near Merthyr Tydfil

Gale force winds are expected to ease overnight on Monday and into Tuesday after a day of disruption in Wales.

Ferry sailings were cancelled, bridges partially closed and there have been flood warnings in the high winds.

The north saw 81mph (130km/h) winds and in the south part of a roof blew off a home near Merthyr and hit parked cars.

The Severn Bridge and Britannia Bridge at Anglesey remain closed to high-sided vehicles, but the A477 Cleddau Bridge, Pembroke Dock, has reopened.

BBC Wales weather forecaster Derek Brockway said the wind was expected to ease slightly overnight on Monday, and it would not be as strong on Tuesday.

More settled conditions are expected for Wednesday and Thursday.

In Holyhead earlier on Monday, the 10:00 BST Stena ferry to Dunlaoghaire was cancelled due to adverse weather with delayed passengers being placed on the 13:50 BST departure to Dublin, which departed on time.

The service from Fishguard to Rosslare left on schedule at 14:30 BST.

Meanwhile, a couple were woken when their roof blew off in 60mph (96 km/h) gales in Mount Pleasant, near Merthyr Tydfil.Winds set to ease after battering

The winds caused an estimated £10,000 of damage to grandparents Margaret and Derrie Yeardle's home as well as damaging neighbours' cars.

Mrs Yeardle, 61, said: "We are really shocked, I never expected anything like this to happen - we've lived here for 40 years and now our house is ruined.

"It could have so easily come down on us while we were in bed."

They were woken at 04:00 BST on Monday by a huge crash and discovered their roof lying in middle of the street.

Mrs Yeardle has lived in the house since she married her husband Derrie, a 62-year-old ex-miner, in 1971.

Wales Air Ambulance said its Swansea helicopter battled winds of 45 knots (52mph) as it went to the aid of a woman who had fallen in Porthkerry Country Park near Barry at lunchtime.

The 45-year-old suffered a spiral leg fracture, and was flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Elsewhere, several roads were blocked by fallen trees at Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Conwy, Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The A470 northbound was shut at Pontypridd by a fallen tree.

A wheelie bin had to be removed from in the road on the M4 westbound between J30 A4232 Cardiff Gate) and J32 A470 / A4054 Coryton interchange.

South Wales Police say an officer escaped injury when part of a roof was blown off a house on Mount Pleasant, Merthyr Vale, at about 04:38 BST. Two police dogs were also in the vehicle but were unharmed.

The A4054 Cardiff Road was blocked and closed as a result of the debris and fallen power cables between Treharne Road, Edwardsville, Treharris, and South View, Mount Pleasant.

The northbound A470 between Upper Boat and Glyntaff at Pontypridd was shut by an overhanging tree. It was not known how long the road would be shut while workmen removed the tree.

The Environment Agency said the winds, offshore waves and high tides could lead to a number of flood alerts and warnings.

Flood defences

The agency said its officers are out on the ground checking flood defences and will deploy temporary measures if needed.

A previous flood warning on the River Ely has since been lifted.

Dan Gray, a weather forecaster with the Met Office, said north Wales saw the strongest winds in the UK on Monday morning.

Winds of 81mph (130km/h) were reported at Capel Curig in Snowdonia with 73mph (117km/h) in Aberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula, and 67mph (107km/h) at Lake Vyrnwy, Powys.

The Met Office had issued a warning for strong winds, particularly for parts of north, mid and west Wales.

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