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A fallen tree blocked Park Street in BridgendA fallen tree blocked Park Street in Bridgend

Fallen tree, BridgendFallen tree blocking Park Street in Bridgend

A tree uprooted in Pendine in CarmarthenshireA tree uprooted in Pendine in Carmarthenshire

The high sea at Mumbles Head near SwanseaThe high sea at Mumbles Head near Swansea, where 84 mph gusts were recorded on Saturday afternoon

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Storm-force winds gusting up to 80mph have brought down trees and power lines and caused difficult driving conditions in Wales.

Around 10,000 homes across south and west Wales are without power.

The M4 was closed both ways for two hours between Margam and Pyle after a caravan overturned.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said 11 flood warnings are currently in place in coastal areas of Wales, with concerns over high tides.

The motorway closure happened after the incident in the contraflow eastbound, causing long delays.

The roof canopy at the main entrance to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend was also damaged with one person treated for a minor injury. The entrance has since eopened.

A roof has blown off a garage onto the house next door at Beddau near Pontypridd, according to South Wales Fire and Rescue.

Gusts hitting 70 knots (80mph) have been reported on exposed coasts.

The old Severn M48 bridge was closed with speed limits on the Britannia bridge and the Cleddau Bridge closed to high-sided vehicles.



Fallen tree in Bridgend

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Resident Barbara Yorwerth told BBC Wales’ Matt Murray how a tree narrowly missed cottages but crashed onto a car, but the female driver managed to escape unharmed.

The Met Office recorded strong gusts on coasts around Wales from the Bristol Channel to the Llyn Peninsula.

Western Power Distribution said at 18:35 GMT that around 10,000 homes were without power after lines were brought down.

They cover an area stretching from Chepstow in south east Wales to Pembroke.

“We’re working all the time to get people reconnected as soon as possible,” said a spokesman.

Both South Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police have been called to fallen trees blocking roads.

Dyfed-Powys said it was receiving “a high volume of calls reporting trees down and other damage caused by high winds throughout the force area”.

South Wales had received reports of 13 fallen trees in one hour on Saturday afternoon.

There is a yellow [be aware] warning for wind, with a forecast is for heavy, blustery showers with very strong winds continuing overnight. By dawn, winds may start to ease a little inland, with some clear spells in the east.

NRW said with the weather conditions expected to continue on Saturday evening into Sunday, combined with the high tides, there could cause localised flooding with sea spray and overtopping particularly Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and the Newport coast.

Eleven flood warnings were in place at 18:20 GMT for: Tidal areas at Penrhyn Bay, Llanddulas and Kinmel Bay in Conwy; Barmouth in Gwynedd, Borth, Clarach Bay and Aberystwyth in Ceredigion; Newgale and Dale in Pembrokeshire, Penclawdd in Swansea, Newton and Porthcawl in Bridgend county.

There were also alerts from Swansea Bay, Gower and the Carmarthenshire coast.

PorthcawlNatural Resources Wales warned people to be careful out on the coast

Officers from Natural Resources Wales are monitoring sea surge, wind and waves as it could lead to further alerts being issued and possibly tidal flood warnings.

Fallen trees were reported in Bridgend, Cardiff, Llanelli, Pembroke, on the A470 northbound at Upper Boat near Pontypridd and on the A48 at St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Fallen power cables also blocked the A4065 Abergarw Road at Bridgend.

Swansea coastguard said it had advised two people to get off the pier at Porthcawl, Bridgend county, due to the waves breaking over it. A coastguard team was at the pier.

A spokesman said: “It’s pretty rough down there.”

Milford Haven Coastguard said a vessel in the haven recorded a gust of 70 knots (80mph) at around 14:30 GMT.

For the latest on flood alerts and warnings and how you can prepare go to Natural Resources Wales or call Floodline 0845 988 1188.

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