Repairs begin after winds of 85mph hit South Wales
THE big storm seems to have come a week later than expected but it brought with it high winds felling trees and leaving people without power.
Both South Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police were called to reports of fallen trees blocking roads on Saturday, within an hour, South Wales Police received 13 separate reports of 13 fallen trees.
More than 12,500 incidents were recorded by power suppliers in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Llanelli.
Around 100 were left without power overnight on Saturday but engineers have now managed to reconnect all homes hit by the storm-force winds.
A spokeswoman for Western Power Distribution said: “Engineers were drafted in to deal with 12,500 incidents in the Swansea, Port Talbot and Llanelli areas.
“The number of homes without power reduced to around 500 by Saturday night and then to just under 100 overnight."
By midday on Sunday power had been restored.
Natural Resources Wales had issued warning about flooding, three flood alerts still in place including one for Swansea Bay and the Gower peninsula coast between Pontardulais and Llantwit Major.
Winds gusting at up to 80mph brought down trees and power lines, causing difficult conditions for drivers.
The highest wind speed was 89mph recorded at Mumbles head near Swansea at 4pm.
On the M4 motorway, speed restrictions were put in place limiting traffic to 30mph on Saturday afternoon.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue service said it had been inundated with calls of unsafe structures and fallen trees.
In Swansea, fire crews were called to the LC2 as part of the roof had lifted.
In Frampton Road in Gorseinon a shed had lifted in and blown into a fence and there were similar problems in Ammanford with loose tiles from flat roofs found resting on power cables.
A crews has been called to Mumbles to deal with an
unsafe structure on Oystermouth Road and crews were seen making their way onto the roof to secure the building.
In Llanelli, Felinfoel Road was closed due to a fallen tree near the Diplomat Hotel and in Trostre there was traffic congestion due to traffic light failures and a road closure at the retail park after a tree fell on the approach road.
On the roads, the M4 was closed both ways for two hours between Margam and Pyle after a caravan overturned on Saturday.
The old Severn M48 bridge was closed and there were speed restrictions on the second Severn crossing and Briton Ferry bridges.
Further heavy rain is expected on Sunday evening but a brighter day is in store on Monday.