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Weather: 1,200 homes still without power and 10 flood warnings issued

  • 4-30-2012

Bad weather continues to cause problems around Wales as 10 flood alerts are issued and engineers attempt to reconnect 1,200 homes after power cuts.

Houses in Swansea, Cardiff and east Wales lost power on the weekend after the area was hit by strong winds with speeds of up to 60mph.

Western Power said more than 50 faults over the weekend affected networks.

Some roads are blocked by trees and two trains from London to Cardiff were cancelled, with others facing delays.

First Great Western said all lines were closed due to flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway and the 07:15 BST and 08:15 BST departures from London Paddington to Cardiff were cancelled.

The operator said services running through those stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 50 minutes or diverted.

Disruption is expected until 23:00 BST on Monday.

A reduced service is operating between Newport and Cardiff.

On the roads, the A470 remains closed due to a fallen tree between the A465 Heads Of The Valleys Road at Cefn Coed Roundabout, Merthyr Tydfil and the A4059 at Nantddu.

A fallen tree has closed the A472 at Pontypool in both directions between the A4043 and the A467, Hafod-Yr-Ynys Road.

Emergency services are trying to remove the tree and drivers are warned to expect delays.

Between 40mm and 60mm of rain was forecast overnight into Monday for east Wales, prompting the Met Office to issued a "be prepared" warning for the whole of the country, with a risk of localised flooding and winds exceeding 50-60mph.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service dealt with flooding incidents overnight in Deeside, Mold and Holyhead in Flintshire, and Rhyl in Denbighshire.

At the weekend, Cardiff council alone was called to more than 57 reports of fallen trees at the weekend.

Winds reached 63mph at Aberdaron, Gwynedd, and 66mph at Mumbles, near Swansea.

A Western Power spokesperson said on Sunday that staff dealt with 10 times the normal volume of faults due to the weather, and all offices were open as staff worked to resolve the problems.

Around 5,000 homes were originally without power.

People living in some homes in the Cynon Valley were evacuated for a short time while trees were made safe.

Newport University's city centre campus was closed after wind caused damage to the roof, although the campus was expected to open as normal on Monday.

Moira Kellaway, headmistress at Ysgol Y Wern in Llanishen, Cardiff, said the school would be closed on Monday after the roof blew off.

A Cardiff council spokesman said they set up an emergency response centre at the weekend to coordinate the volume of calls of fallen trees.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said it had been alerted to a number of fallen trees, and firefighters in south, mid and west Wales were busy on Sunday with minor weather-related calls.

At Wildmill in Bridgend, roof debris from a block of flats blew down into the street.

Behnaz Akghar, BBC Wales weather presenter, said Monday would improve for a time, but warned things would go" downhill again tonight".

She said there would be a drier and brighter start across north Wales, but the area of low pressure would still be in charge in the south east at first.

Monday night would be dry initially, but the wind is expected to pick up "and the next rain band pushes up from the south - heavy at times and could be mixed with thunder".

There is also an "early warning for heavy rain again tomorrow" and a risk of flooding with more heavy downpours and strong winds, but turning drier later in many areas.

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