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National Eisteddfod campsite near Llanrwst closed amid weather warnings

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Media captionCCTV captured the moment lightning struck the car

A young people's campsite at the National Eisteddfod is being vacated and closed due to the weather forecast, organisers said.

The site, along with the Maes B venue, described as the festival's "after-dark little brother" will be closed.

"Unseasonably strong" winds could cause problems on Friday and Saturday, with gusts of more than 40mph (64km/h).

CCTV caught a car being struck by lightning in Coedpoeth, Wrexham, overnight.

And firefighters were called to flooding which affected homes and gardens in two other communities.

A landslide closed one lane of the A40 between Halfway and Trecastle on the edge of the Brecon Beacons on Friday night, according to Dyfed-Powys Police

And motorists were warned to take extra care on the M48 Severn Bridge in Monmouthshire due to strong winds on Friday evening leading to a closure westbound.

A yellow warning for rain has been in effect across Wales all day, and another for wind began at 15:00 BST and is due to last until Saturday evening.

Image caption The eisteddfod said shelter was available for those who could not leave the site immediately

More than 30mm (1.1 in) of rain fell across parts of south Wales overnight into Friday, while localised flooding has been reported in Wrexham and Newport.

The Met Office said there was a small risk of flooding and some communities being cut off by the showers.

The yellow warning for wind had been due to lift earlier, but is now in place until 23:59 on Saturday - the rain warning is in effect throughout Friday.

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Image caption Weather warnings are in place for Friday (left) and Saturday

Eisteddfod organisers consulted with the council, police and Natural Resources Wales and decided for the "welfare and safety" of people, the campsite near Llanrwst, Conwy, would be vacated and closed, as a preventive measure.

They want to avoid potential problems from high winds and rain, when the site would be at its busiest after dark.

The team running Maes B and the campsite will look after people until the site is vacated.

A shelter has been set up at a nearby leisure centre for people to use "if they are unable to leave the site immediately".

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Media captionWater had come through the roof of Waterstones in Swansea

The week-long festival ends on Saturday.

In March, the eisteddfod announced it was making changes to its preferred location following significant flooding.

Elsewhere, a Waterstones book shop in Swansea was forced to close after rainwater started seeping into the shop.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been called to minor cases of flooding in Wrexham; three in Acton and another in Marford.

Some road closures on minor roads are in place - the A548 Sealand Road on the Flintshire and Chester border is partially blocked in both directions and flooding on the B5102 Llay Road, near Wrexham, is causing problems.

Pembrokeshire council warned tourists opting to camp over the next few days to "ensure their tents are secure" and advised people to be aware of rough seas when visiting the coast.

Ceredigion council has established an out-of-hours service and officers will be monitoring the weather over the weekend.

Image caption Organisers are monitoring the car park at the Eisteddfod
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Image caption Low, ominous clouds were in the skies over Llandudno on Friday

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