Wales

Wales weather: 1,100 homes hit by power cuts during storm

  • 26 January 2016
  • From the section Wales
Big waves at Aberystwyth Image copyright PA
Image caption A big wave crashes against the sea wall at Aberystwyth

More than 1,100 homes across Wales have been hit by power cuts following heavy rain and winds of up to 80mph.

About 450 properties across the country were affected on Tuesday morning another 700 later in south west Wales but most have had power restored.

Many flood alerts are also in place and the Met Office warned up to 10cm (4in) could fall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesman said rain would be "heavy and persistent" and accompanied by severe gales at times.

On Tuesday afternoon, Western Power Distribution was attempting to restore power to 300 homes in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, along with 250 in Ammanford and 120 in Llanelli, both in Carmarthenshire.

Earlier in Carmarthenshire, about 250 homes were without power in Newcastle Emlyn, while 124 properties in Tumble had supplies cut because of a fallen tree.

A smaller number of properties were affected in Llandeilo, Neath, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Porth.

Scottish Power also reported power cuts in Tycroes, on Anglesey, and in Bethesda, Gwynedd.

The poor weather has also had an impact on those travelling.

Speed restrictions are in place on the M48 Severn Bridge in Monmouthshire and on the A55 Britannia Bridge on Anglesey.

Arriva Trains Wales tweeted flooding had closed the line between Pwllheli and Criccieth in Gwynedd, but that has now reopened.

Network Rail warned passengers services would run at a reduced speed on the line from Chester to Holyhead when high winds hit.

Image caption Shingle from the beach ended up on Aberystwyth promenade
Image caption Western Power Distribution vans in Tumble
Image caption Power lines have been brought down at the Mynydd Mawr woodland park, disrupting supplies to Tumble

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