South East Wales

Thousands without power after storms hit Wales

Red warning map Image copyright Met Office
Image caption Red and amber warnings for wind are in place across almost all of Wales as well as lesser warnings for rain

Strong winds and heavy rain have caused disruption across south east Wales with thousands of homes left without power.

A Met Office "be prepared" warning for wind and a lesser alert for rain were issued before gales hit Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Newport.

Thousands of homes, including some in Chepstow, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool, were without electricity, Western Power Distribution said.

The M48 Severn Bridge was closed in both directions.

A red Met Office weather warning for wind, meaning take action, was in force for west and north west Wales.

Monmouth Leisure Centre was forced to close early because its car parks were filling with water.

Arriva Trains Wales services between Abergavenny and Hereford were suspended due to flooding for a time and later had delays to services following a landslip.

Firefighters rescued a person from a car in Jingle Street, Monmouth, at 11:50 GMT after they became trapped in flood water.

St Fagans National History Museum on the outskirts of Cardiff was also shut for health and safety reasons due to the weather.

One lane was closed on Clarence Place, Newport, after bricks began falling from a building.

Staff were inspecting the building and planning to carry out repairs later on Wednesday.

Quarry Road in Clydach, Monmouthshire, closed due to a landslip and two fallen trees blocked the road.

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