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Weather: Power outages in homes as winds from Storm Isha blow

Weather: Power outages in homes as winds from Storm Isha blow
  • Written by James McCarthy
  • BBC News

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Floods in Kappel Curig

More than 1,000 homes were left without power in south Wales due to Storm Isha.

A 90mph gust was recorded at Capel Curreg, in Errere, also known as Snowdonia.

The entire UK is covered in life-threatening wind warnings with people warning against travelling.

“Winds appear likely to reach 100 mph in this very exposed location by the first part of the night,” she said on Twitter.

Most of the power outages occurred in Newcastle Emlyn, west Wales, where nearly 400 properties were affected, while more than 200 properties were without power in Sandersfoot, Pembrokeshire.

Scottish Power does not provide figures for North Wales.

The Met Office said its wind warning will be in effect from 18:00 GMT on Sunday until 06:00 on Monday while its rain warning will be in effect from midnight until 06:00.

It warned of the possibility of power outages, damage to buildings, disruption of travel, and closure of roads and bridges.

Its website warns of “the potential for injuries and danger to life from heavy waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, waterfronts and properties.”

The Coast Guard asked people to take care of the coast.

“Stay away from the cliffs, watch out for high tides, and stay away from big waves,” she said.

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A stream overflows at Llanberis in Gwynedd

Natural resources in Wales have a number of Flood alerts in the place. On X, formerly known as Twitter, he urged people to be careful of falling trees and branches.

It also warned that river levels are expected to be higher than normal.

Travelers by rail, sea and air are set to face disruption, with closures, cancellations and delays expected.

Avanti West Coast said all flights were canceled and disruption was expected for the rest of the day.

Great Western Railway said there were delays on all routes and disruption was expected until 06:00 on Monday.

Transport for Wales has canceled a number of services.

Flights scheduled to arrive at Cardiff Airport from Amsterdam and Edinburgh have been cancelled, as have subsequent departures.

A Ryanair flight from Dublin was delayed by an hour.

According to traffic service Inrix, the M48 Severn Bridge was closed in both directions and there were speed limits on the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey.

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Warnings cover the whole of Wales

A fallen tree has closed the B4391 Allt Goch in both directions from the A470 at Ffestiniog to the A496 at Rhyd Y Sarn.

Bridges over the Dee and Siriog rivers have also been closed.

The Met Office said “everyone” would be affected by the storm.

There are two different amber warnings across the UK stating that winds of up to 70mph are expected inland, with gusts of 80mph in coastal areas.

Tom Morgan, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We expect the storms to widely affect the UK, and there are amber warnings in place for large parts of the country.”

“There is a potential for life-threatening and damaging winds that could lead to power outages in some places, and some big waves around coastal areas could bring some debris onto roads and trees could fall.

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Drivers are asked to slow down and avoid traveling at all if they can

“We have a wind warning in place across the UK and it is unusual for the whole country to be under a blanket wind warning.”

National Air Traffic Services said air traffic restrictions were in place. It said it was working with airports and airlines and urged passengers to check flight arrangements.

The RAC warned drivers to reduce their speed and consider delaying journeys.

Storm Isha is the ninth storm to hit the UK since the season began in September.

Each storm is named when it poses a danger to people and they are given names that begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.

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