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

Category: Wales

Published: 30th Apr 2012 07:57:05

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 which control power to homes.

Several roads were blocked by fallen trees. More bad weather is forecast.

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.

River Wye, Powys

Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester: isolated properties and areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain

Rivers Wye and Monnow in Monmouthshire:

Upper Severn in Powys

Rossett: parts of the village near Alyn Bridge, including Station Road

Vyrnwy Catchment: Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat, Afon Cain and their tributaries

Clwyd Catchment: areas around the river Clwyd from Clocaenog to Rhuddlan

Alyn Catchment: from Llandegla to Rossett

Pontblyddyn: parts of the village along the A541 adjacent to the river

Rivers Ebbw, Sirhowy and Lwyd

SOURCE: Environment Agency

Newport University's city centre campus was closed after wind caused damage to the roof.

A university spokesperson said there had been no internal damage and the campus was expected to open as normal on Monday.

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

Fallen trees blocked roads in Powys, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The M48 Severn Bridge was also closed in both directions to high sided vehicles on Sunday morning due to strong winds.

A Cardiff council spokesman said they set up an emergency response centre to coordinate the volume of calls of fallen trees, which came from across the city.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said it had been alerted to a number of fallen trees, including some that had fallen onto cars and also onto a house.

Firefighters in south, mid and west Wales said they were busy on Sunday morning dealing 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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