Storms ease after 500 homes hit by power cuts

Storms are easing after another day of floods and power cuts in many parts of Wales.

The roof of the National Library in Aberystwyth was damaged, while 500 homes in south east Wales were left without power for some of Thursday.

A flood warning for the Upper Dee Valley and five other alerts were still in place at 17:00 GMT.

BBC weather forecasters said winds and rain would ease in the evening, with frost possible in some areas.

Western Power Distribution said homes affected by power cuts were in isolated pockets in south east Wales but engineers have now restored all power.

In Aberystwyth a metal sheet the "size of two tennis courts" came loose on the National Library's roof.

The university sports centre at the back of the building had to be evacuated as a result and the library was closed.

Staff and members of the public had initially been told to stay inside the library building while emergency services made the roof safe.

Image caption This photo is of flooding at Forden in Powys Photo: Ian Francis

Meanwhile, a fir tree fell on two vehicles in the Fairwater area of Cardiff, just moments after the driver of one of them had got out of his car.

Elsewhere, a tree fell onto lines, cutting power supplies to the petrol garage at Cardiff West services off the M4.

In north Wales, gusts of up to 87mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Conwy at 02:00 GMT on Thursday.

There is one flood warning - in the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester - and five flood alerts were still in place at 17:00 GMT on Thursday.

Strong winds overnight brought down trees and telegraph lines in some areas, including partly blocking the A458 at Middletown, Powys, and the B5444 Wrexham Road, Mold, Flintshire.

In Rhyl, Denbighshire, two roads were partially closed after slates were dislodged on a building.

BBC Wales weather forecaster Sue Charles said the country had seen the worst of the wind and rain for the time being, with gusty winds set to ease on Thursday evening, leaving some dry and clear spells overnight, colder with a touch of ground frost.

She added that the outlook for Friday was bright and chilly becoming breezy in the afternoon, but not as windy as recent days.

Environment Agency Wales has advised people to listen to local weather and traffic reports and to view the latest information on the Met Office website.

Flood alerts and warnings can be found on the Environment Agency Wales website or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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