Storm brings travel disruption and floods

Storm brings travel disruption and floods

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Heavy rain and strong winds have brought travel disruption and flooding across Wales.

Gusts of 65mph (105km/h) were recorded at Capel Curig, Snowdonia – among the strongest winds brought by Storm Bronagh overnight.

Sennybridge in Powys had 74mm (2.9in) of rain in 24 hours and there are multiple flood warnings and alerts.

Flooding and fallen trees have closed roads and hit rail services, with surface water still an issue.

In Cynghordy, Carmarthenshire, a car was swept down a river on Thursday, but no-one was inside, and the rain in Sennybridge meant the village had half its typical monthly rainfall in one day.

A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for wind is in place until 18:00 BST on Friday.

After a brief respite on Saturday, two warnings – one for wind and another for rain – come into effect on Sunday morning.

Arriva Trains Wales suspended services between Carmarthen and Fishguard Harbour after a train hit a tree, but the line reopened late in the morning.

Flooding between Machynlleth and Caersws closed the line earlier, affecting the Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury service, but the line has reopened.

A 40ft-long landslip buried the line between Dinas Rhondda and Porth under 2ft of debris, meaning Arriva is running replacement bus services between Porth and Treherbert.

Bethan Jelfs, Arriva’s customer service director, said: “The safety of passengers and colleagues is a key priority, and we are working hard with our partners in Network Rail whilst they assess the situation and remove a large amount of debris, before it is safe for them to reopen the line.”

A substantial amount of flooding has closed the A487 Dyfi Bridge in both directions at Machynlleth, with the road expected to remain closed for some time.

There are also restrictions in place on the M48 Severn Bridge due to strong winds and the A476 was shut earlier between Ffairfach and Temple Bar in Carmarthenshire. It is still partially blocked by a fallen tree.

The A4042 between Llanellen and Tre Elidyr in Monmouthshire is also blocked due to fallen tree.

Ferry services between Holyhead and Dublin have been cancelled or delayed while some flights to and from Cardiff Airport have been cancelled.

There were more than 80 flood-related calls to the fire services across Wales, with the south Wales valleys most affected.

Gwydir Castle – a 14th Century manor house in Llanrwst, Conwy county, has also been impacted by the storm, with the gardens and cellars flooded.

Rachael West, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “It’s not uncommon to see these areas of low pressure – some quite deep ones – at this time of year.

“The good news is Storm Bronagh has cleared away now, so the peak strength of these winds has passed.

“However, it is still is going to be a windy day with gusts of between about 35 to 40mph quite regularly across Wales.”

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