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'Beast' storm on the way as 70mph winds batter Swansea Bay and dangerously high waves threaten coast

By Rarken  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

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An image of the storm over south Wales, with, on the far left, another storm brewing. Image from earth.nullschool.net

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THE Met Office has upgraded the severity of today’s winds to amber and warned of 60-70mph gusts and dangerously large waves.

It comes after a night of stormy weather which left hundreds of homes without power.

Homes in Neath and Port Talbot suffered outages last night according to Western Power Distribution.

There were also falling trees, road crashes and damage to buildings.

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But the worst of the winds are yet to come, along with high tide just after 10am today which could batter the coastline and an amber (be prepared) Met Office warning for strong winds.

Incidents overnight include:

*A man taken to hospital after a tree fell onto a recovery truck in on the B4265 in St Athan. The injured man was freed from the vehicle and taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

*High winds forced the closure of the Severn Bridge, while the A465 Heads Of The Valleys road was closed at the Hirwaun roundabout after a number of vehicles were reported to have hit a fallen tree.

*Trees were down in Neath, Tenby, Lamphey, Drefach Felindre near Newcastle Emlyn, and Felinfach, according to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

*Western Power Distribution said teams worked through the night to restore power to homes across south Wales.

*Large zinc sheets were blown from the roof of a barn, blocking a road at St Lawrence, near Tenby.

*The A484 Bronwydd Road in Carmarthenshire was closed in both directions due to a fallen tree between the A4243 and the Gwilli railway turning, and the A476 near Carmel is also closed.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Winds are expected to gust to 60-70mph over coasts and hills, and locally more across headlands, with 50-60mph more generally inland.

“The public should be prepared for the risk of further disruption to transport and power due to fallen trees.

“Additionally, dangerously large waves will over top coastlines and bring the risk of further erosion and damage.”

And if you thought that was bad enough, an even more powerful storm - described by BBC weatherman Derek Brockway as ‘the beast’ is on the way for Saturday, bringing 80mph winds.

In a message posted on Twitter, with a satellite image showing a deep ridge of low pressure, he said: “And look at this beast heading our way for the weekend! Batten down the hatches again! Yet another #ukstorm.”

Met Office forecaster Laura Young said an area of low pressure that was across Cork in Ireland on Tuesday morning, was expected to bring winds of up to 80mph.

She said: “We could also see up to 25mm of rain, particularly on hilly areas.

“Wednesday morning will see some heavy showers wrapping around that low pressure. As the day goes on things will brighten up, but people need to be very aware that there will be some very strong gusts of wind happening throughout most of the day. This won’t ease off until Wednesday night.”

Thursday would be calmer, she said, but by around 6pm, another area of low pressure from Northern France is expected to bring fresh deluges of rain.

“We could be looking at up to 30mm of rain and again 70-80mph gust of winds, felt most severely in North Wales and along the coast.

“Friday will offer some respite but then Saturday we are very confident that we have another very deep depression coming in from the south west. It looks like it will be bringing heavy rain, but more importantly very, very windy.

“The warning we have issued for wind could be escalated up later in the week. The areas worst affected will be South Wales. This will mean up to 30mm of rain and winds in excess of 80mph in exposed areas.”

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 05 2014, 11:39AM

    We'll just have to get use to this as a part of climate change. Time after time we get armchair scientists coming on here telling us the the likes of NASA scientists have got it all wrong, the sad thing is some poor deluded people think a CSE in biology makes them an expert on all things scientific. As prince Charles pointed out this week that it's odd that these climate deniers believe scientists in all other areas other than climate change.

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