Wales battered by strong wind and rain as storm hits

A man holding an umbrella in windy weather
Image caption The worst of the winds have struck Scotland, but Wales has not escaped

Strong winds and heavy rain have been battering Wales with north Wales worst hit.

The strongest gust of 81mph (130km/h) was recorded at Aberdaron on the tip of the Lleyn peninsula, with 70 mph (110km/h) at Mumbles Head, Swansea.

Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has issued flood alerts for the Conwy, Vyrnwy and Dyfi rivers.

The warning came as the Met Office forecast storms in the UK with Scotland the worst affected.

On Thursday afternoon fire crews were called to a house in Acton, Wrexham, after a chimney was blown off. There were not believed to be any casualties.

Also in Wrexham, part of a Victorian Christmas Market was cancelled because of high winds.

Organisers said the outdoor stalls at St Giles Parish Church would not be present as planned between midday and 20:00 GMT, but the market inside the church would go ahead.

In south Wales fallen trees were reported in Peterston-super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan, and in Landaff North, Cardiff.

Calm down

EAW earlier said it expected heavy rainfall and strong winds across Wales from Thursday morning, continuing into the afternoon.

The agency said the heaviest rain was forecast for mid and north Wales.

Flood alerts have been issued for the river Conwy, from Dolwyddelan to Conwy, and the river Dyfi in Powys from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth.

An alert was also issued for the rivers Vyrnwy, Tanat and Cain in Powys.

A flood alert was in place on the western coast of Anglesey, from Cemlyn Bay to Llanddwyn Island, but was later lifted.

BBC Wales forecaster Derek Brockway said the wind and rain was expected to calm down on Thursday evening, leading to colder weather on Friday.

"There will be some sunshine but also a risk of wintry showers with a few centimetres of snow falling on high ground in north Wales," he said.

"Friday night is likely to be the coldest of the winter so far with temperatures dipping to -3 C inland and a risk of icy patches."

For information on flood alerts call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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