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Stormy fall-out as Swansea Bay and Carmarthenshire avoids worst of weather

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 29, 2013

By Geraint Thomas

  • toppled A tree in the Recreation Ground near St Helen's, which was blown over in Sunday night's winds and (below) pictures of stormy seas at Langland by Howard MIddleton-Jones. SWJM20131027D-013_C

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SWANSEA Bay and Carmarthenshire may have missed the brunt of the atrocious weather that battered parts of the country but a storm of words has been unleashed on weather forecasters.

Residents in the area were told to batten down the hatches over the weekend and brace themselves for torrential rain and winds of up to 90 miles an hour as one of the worst storms in years was expected to blow in. Southern England that was hit hardest — winds of 99 mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight — and South West Wales escaped relatively damage-free.

While 130 flights were cancelled at Heathrow Airport, Cardiff Airport operated as normal. The worst of the weather in South Wales hit the Cardiff and Newport areas.

A spokesman for the Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service said, yesterday morning, that they hadn't received any call outs in the Swansea Bay and Carmarthenshire regions while Swansea Council only reported four fallen trees.

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Following the "storm" one resident, Patric Morgan, who had been following the advice of the weathermen said: "I put everything in the garage — the car, the garden equipment, even the wheelie bins."

Elsewhere Ashford Price, owner of Dan yr Ogof show caves in the Upper Swansea Valley, labelled the episode "another Met Office disaster".

He said: "All week they have been saying that Wales would be devastated by wind and rain. We employed two people all last night to look after exhibits that form a massive Halloween event.

"I got up at 2am and 5am to see that the staff were ok, and guess what? No wind, no rain.

"However, campsites in this area have no visitors as all left fearing Armageddon, self catering units the same, and Gower Heritage inform me that they had no wind or rain either and they are on the coast.

"These forecasts are having a devastating effect on Welsh tourism. Many English people instead of spending this half term in Wales have gone home expecting Wales to be washed out."

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said the storm had developed as predicted and that winds of 64mph were recorded at Mumbles Head and 81mph at Pembrey.

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