Braced for the worst as storm hits the bay
SOUTH West Wales was last night bracing itself for flooding and disruption as a major Atlantic storm made landfall.
The Met Office was forecasting gusts of winds touching 80mph overnight, and flood alerts were issued for the Amman and Loughor rivers with as much as two inches of rain expected.
A number of ferry sailings between Wales and Ireland were cancelled, and drivers were warned to be take care on the roads.
The storm, which has been given the nickname St Jude — today is St Jude's Day, the patron saint of desperate causes — was expected to pass over South Wales during the early hours the morning, leaving a wet and windy tail behind it.
Martin Young, from the Met Office said: "This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it's coming in during autumn — when trees are in leaf — and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks."
Meanwhile Dwr Cymru said they would have extra staff on duty to respond to any problems, and the firm is urging people work with them to help keep the drains flowing.
Steve Wilson, the firm's director of waste water services, said: "The network gets placed under increased pressure during this type of weather therefore we would be grateful if customers could immediately notify us on issues they become aware of relating to it in their area."
Police forces said they were prepared for the storm, and were working closely with other agencies.
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said last night: "In light of the amber warning in place currently, we are urging the public to keep an eye on weather forecasts and take appropriate steps and precautions to minimise the impact of such weather and keep themselves and others safe."