Bob Thomas, 77, dies after being hit by falling tree in Gwynedd
- 14 February 2014
- From the section Wales
A man has died in hospital after being hit by a falling tree in his garden in Gwynedd in Wednesday's storm.
Bob Thomas was with his wife moving hens in their garden at Caeathro, Caernarfon, when the tree hit him.
Paramedics took the 77-year-old to hospital in Bangor before he was moved to a special unit in Stoke but he has since died.
On Friday, ScottishPower said it would pay for meals for customers still without power since Wednesday.
A few thousand homes across north and mid Wales continued to be cut off since the 110 mph gusts brought down trees and power lines.
At one stage on Friday a further 4,000 more ScottishPower customers suffered power cuts in the area as more bad weather hit Wales.
Western Power Distribution said it had now restored supplies to all its customers in south and west Wales.
Some roads were closed by flooding while fallen trees remained a problem blocking routes in parts of the country.
Highways officials have been forced to close the M48 Severn Bridge in both directions after a lorry overturned earlier on Friday afternoon in high winds.
The Met Office issued yellow "be aware" warnings for heavy rain and wind which both run overnight into Saturday.
But Friday's weather has not been as severe as on Wednesday, when Mr Thomas was hit by a tree during storms featuring winds of over 100 mph.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 4.57pm on Wednesday to reports a man had been struck by a tree in Caeathro, Caernarfon.
"We sent an emergency ambulance to the scene, and a man in his 70s with serious injuries was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor."
According to family friends he was then transferred to a hospital in Stoke-on-Trent where he died on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies welcomed a report saying flood and coastal defences around Wales had performed well during the storms of December and January.
A flood review he commissioned from Natural Resources Wales found that despite the ferocity of the storms less than 1% of the properties and agricultural land at potential risk were actually flooded.
"The damage and disruption to the coast has been significant and my sympathies are very much with those families, businesses and communities affected," he said.
"However, this report shows that without our continued investment in flood and coastal defences, the picture could have been far worse."
Flooding was more localised but two properties were affected in St Teilo's Road, Pembroke Dock.
Elsewhere in Pembrokeshire, fire crews were called to flooding in Login near Crymych and to remove a car stuck in flood water from the River Carew at Sageston near Tenby.
First Great Western cancelled some Swansea to London Paddington rail services due to flooding and urged travellers to check for updates.
Irish Ferries said due to adverse weather conditions on the Irish Sea its Swift Sailings from Holyhead to Dublin had been cancelled.
Elsewhere, wind and flooding has led to more closures and restrictions:
- A4042 Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, was closed in both directions due to flooding between A40 Monmouth Road/A465 Hardwick roundabout and the B4269 at Llanellen
- A469 Brithdir, Caerphilly, was closed both ways by a fallen tree between A4049 New Tredegar and Bridge Street, Bargoed
- A490 Welshpool, Powys, was closed due to flooding passing Mid Wales Airport
- A498 Prenteg, Gwynedd, was closed both ways due to a fallen tree between the B4410 Prenteg and A4085 Aberglaslyn
ScottishPower, which is responsible for the electricity network across north and mid Wales, said Friday's weather was causing further problems for its teams already struggling to reconnect customer supplies since Wednesday's storm.
Guy Jefferson from ScottishPower told BBC Wales that expected 60 to 70 mph gusts make it "dangerous in terms of working at heights".
"It's going to be a real battle today," he said.
"We are doing our best to get everybody back on as soon as possible."
He said over 1,000 staff had been working in the field to fix problems.
For those customers still without power after Wednesday's storm, the electricity company said it would now cover the cost of meals for those affected.
A ScottishPower spokesperson said it would pay up to £10 per meal, up to £30 a day, per person.
It has asked customers to keep receipts, and it will honour the expenses if they send them in to the company.
The Met Office said 40mm of rain was possible across south Wales on Friday. An earlier snow warning was stood down.
Two flood warnings remain in force in Wales, covering the River Wye at Monmouth and the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows.
Natural Resources Wales also had several flood alerts in place. A spokesperson said: "We are expecting the latest band of rain to clear later today and the weather situation will improve over the coming days.
"However, we are continuing to monitor river levels closely and we could issue flood alerts as rivers are high and the ground is very wet.
"We could issue flood warnings over the weekend but do not expect properties to be at risk but we could see minor flooding of roads and some low-lying land.
"Our emergency response workers have been pumping flood water in Monmouth over the last few days to divert it away from properties.
"We are urging people to take care especially when they are travelling and avoid walking or driving through any flood water as it can be dangerous".