UK storm: Met Office tell people to prepare for "significant storm" set to hit South West Wales
PEOPLE are being warned to prepare for localised flooding and disruption as a “significant storm” is set to batter Wales later today.
Winds gusting to more than 80mph were recorded at Pembrey overnight, and more high winds and heavy rain are expected to sweep in this evening and into Monday morning.
There are concerns that roads could be flooded and trees could be brough down cutting power supplies, and Dwr Cymru has urged its customers to let them know about any flooding in the sewer networks.
Natural Resources Wales say that more than two inches of rain could fall overnight in parts of Wales.
A spokesman said: "The rainfall is likely to be accompanied by strong winds, which combined could cause localised flooding with fallen leaves, branches and debris causes blockages in drains, streams and rivers.
"Ground remains saturated from previous rainfall and more rain is likely to trigger flood alerts with a risk of flood warnings on rivers across the country.
"The strong winds expected late Sunday and during the early hours of Monday morning could cause large waves along the Pembrokeshire and South Wales coasts. Also sea spray along coastal paths and coastal roads is expected, so people in these areas are advised to take extra care.
"Officers have been monitoring river levels closely and checking flood defences over the weekend and will continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
"Staff will be on standby to deal with incidents and to remove any blockages in rivers which may pose a flood risk."
He added: "People are reminded that flood water can be extremely dangerous, and should not attempt to walk or drive through it unless instructed by the emergency services."
Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said the course and timing of the storm were not yet certain.
He said: “However, several forecasts models currently suggest we will see a significant storm with exceptionally strong winds impacting parts of England and Wales.
“This is a developing situation and we’d advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary."
The speed limit on the M4 Briton Ferry bridge has been cut to 40mph this morning because of the windy conditions, and there are delays on ferry crossings between Pembroke and Rosslare, while a number of sailings between Holyhead and Dublin have been cancelled.
Meanwhile Dwr Cymru is asking its customers to work with them to keep sewers flowing.
Steve Wilson, 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.”
- For up-to-date information about power cuts, ring 0800 052 0400 or visit the Western Power Distribution website www.westernpower.co.uk.
- Swansea Council be can be reached on 01792 636000, and Neath Port Talbot Council can be reached on 01639 686868.
- Visit the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk