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More power outages in Wales as Storm Barra hits coast

08 Dec 2021 2 minutes Read
A candle in the wind. Picture by Ukhet (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

More power cuts have been reported in Wales today as Storm Barra hit the coast overnight.

SP Energy Networks which serves the north of Wales and parts of mid-Wales reported ongoing power cuts across the network, from Aberyswyth to Caernarfon and over to Buckley to the east.

Many of the power cuts had since been restored but a significant number were estimated not to be fixable under mid-day, just over a week since Storm Arwen caused similar outages.

This storm was windier than Arwen, with speeds of 86mph clocked in Aberdaron, Gwynedd, compared with 81mph for last week’s storm.

There were 14 flood warnings across the coast this morning, according to Natural Resources Wales. Police had warned of high winds across the sea front in Aberystwyth and a fallen tree in Abercarn.

A Met Office yellow warning of wind for the west and south coast of Wales is due to remain in force until 6pm tonight.

Strong winds continue to cause potential disruption to travel, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, they said.

Some short term loss of power and other services would continue, and it was likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by large waves, they said.

Betsi Cadwaladr which serves the north of Wales warned that the storm could delay the opening of some Covid-19 testing sites.

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Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
1 month ago

Welcome to Brexit UK! Where outages and shortages are the norm

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