Weather: Power cuts in parts of Wales due to strong winds

Tree damage in Cardiff street High winds caused this tree to fall damaging a car in a Cardiff street

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Around 1,200 homes are still without power in Swansea, Cardiff and east Wales following stormy weather.

Western Power said more than 50 faults were affecting networks which control power to large numbers of homes, with more affecting smaller communities.

Several roads were blocked by fallen trees as driving rain and strong winds, with speeds of up to 60mph, continue to cause problems across Wales.

Cardiff Council alone was called to more than 57 reports of fallen trees.

Between 40mm and 60mm of rain is forecast for east Wales.

The Met Office issued a "be prepared" warning for the whole of Wales, with a risk of localised flooding and winds exceeding 50-60mph.

Blocked roads

A windspeed of 63mph was recorded at Aberdaron in Gwynedd, and 66mph at Mumbles near Swansea.

Wind damage in Bridgend Roof debris from flats caused problems at Wildmill in Bridgend

A Western Power spokesperson said staff are dealing with 10 times the normal volume of faults due to the weather with trees bringing down cables and debris on power lines.

She said all offices are open with staff working to resolve problem as quickly as possible.

Around 5,000 homes were originally without power.

A group of homes in the Cynon Valley were evacuated for a couple of hours while trees were made safe.

Newport University's city centre campus was closed after wind caused damage to the roof.

A university spokesperson said there had been no internal damage and the campus was expected to open as normal on Monday, although a final decision would be made first thing.

Fallen trees are reported to have blocked roads in Powys, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The M48 Severn Bridge was also closed in both directions to high sided vehicles on Sunday morning due to strong winds.

Flood alerts in Wales (at 16:30BST)

Rivers Ebbw, Sirhowy and Lwyd

Pontblyddin - parts of the village along the A541 adjacent to the river

Alyn catchment - areas around the river Alyn from Llandegla to Rossett

Clwyd catchment - areas around the river Clwyd from Clocaenog to Rhuddlan.

SOURCE: Environment Agency

Drivers are also being warned to take care on the M4 because of fallen trees, with one lane blocked eastbound near Bridgend.

A Cardiff Council spokesman said they set up an emergency response centre to coordinate the volume of calls of fallen trees, which came city-wide, from Adamsdown to Radyr.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said it had been alerted to a number of fallen trees, including some that have fallen onto cars and also onto a house.

Firefighters in south, mid and west Wales say they have been busy this morning dealing with minor weather-related calls.

They say there are concerns about strong winds blowing down shop signs and causing damage to roofs in Swansea, Port Talbot, Ammanford and parts of south-east Wales.

At Wildmill in Bridgend, roof debris from a block of flats blew down into the street.

A tree fell onto a conservatory in Mountain Ash A tree fell onto a conservatory in Mountain Ash

Resident Rob Parry said: "The roof is from a block of flats and the fire service have cleared the road, but the roof is just on the side now.

"Some of the debris hit a car, but thankfully it wasn't damaged."

A group of Bron-y-Deri residents in Mountain Ash, in the Cynon Valley, had to evacuate their homes after a tree fell onto a conservatory.

Resident Steven Bull said there were concerns about the stability of other trees in the road.

"Our house is next to a slope where there's six or seven trees, and one of the trees fell on the back of another house, on their conservatory, and smashed the fence," he said.

"There are seven firefighters there at the moment.

"There was a loud crash. I thought some of my fencing had come off."

A tree blocked this road in Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan Photo: South Wales Police A tree blocked this road in Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan before it was moved on Sunday

Have you been affected by the wind and heavy rain? You can send us your experiences using the form below.

The roof of our shed blew off down the hill and smashed to pieces and twice weve had to go out to retrieve our bin from the road. There is building site and there is many concerns that the fencing and building supplies may injure someone.

Oliver Newman, Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

My roof has part blown off. Good job my children or myself were not out front, debris all over front garden, pavement and road

Miss Phillips, Port Talbot,

A mountain near to where I live has had a lot of trees blown down, must have been at least 50+ trees yesterday but now there's only a few, if the wind had been blowing in the opposite direction, houses could have been in danger, on Bridgend Road, Pontycymer, there could still be a danger to residents that live locally

Kevin, Pontycymer

The coping tiles on myn garage roof have been blown off during the high winds, there is now a danger of the garage roof getting blown off. My problem is that my insurer RIAS do not operate on a Sunday.

K Baxter, Bridgend

Well near here it is just very windy and wet . This morning i found the green house on top of the slide any further it could of gone into my house and broke the glass. We are fine with to power but it is freezing and cold. On my way back from church we stopped off at Tesco, in the car park the front wheels went in to the car ! I just hope it dosent get any worse !!!!!

Eleanor, Chorley, Preston

Even if your insurers were open today it is so windy most roofers wont go up on the roofs, and even if they did, it is raining so severely in most areas that it's too wet for them to seal anything.

L Hamilton, Surrey

My next door neighbours wooden fence was blown away. Also, could see the swing in the back garden was being blown from one side to another side. I think he got it all folded up soon, avoiding it breaking his patio door. Yeah, the wind was very strong, thank God we don't have any twisters here!

S Joseph, Cardiff

Arrived back in Cardiff this morning to find the tree outside my house had fallen over in the wind landing on the roof off my housemates car before rolling off into the house. Luckily there was no damage to the house but the window of the car was all smashed and the roof badly damaged. Council have now arrived to remove the tree and check the others in the street.

M Harvey, Cardiff

We have had a small crash happen on our road this afternoon when a car skidded down the hill and reversed into a bus stop. No-one was injured and they drove straight off and there are many trees down and it is quite dangerous outside.

Imogen, Freya & Claire Newman, north Wales

My 12 foot trampoline got lifted in to the air by the strong winds last night. It managed to clear a stone wall before crashing on top of a neighbours' mercedes benz and wedging itself up in side their porch. The metal frame smashed two windows and dented the door badly. The noise was so loud that half the street woke up.

Joel Meredith, Cwmbran

My car was parked under a very old 60 foot ash tree which fell in the winds this morning. Lucky it fell in the opposite direction to my car. We had snow and also lost all our power

Anthony Pritchard, Pontsticill

Tree down near Tring Station.

Steve Moore, Marsworth, England

A garage roof has blown off due to strong winds, The Co-operative sign has gone and don't know where it is has gone and the wind also blew my neighbors fence down.

Danielle Dobbs, Port Talbot, Cwmavon

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