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Gale force winds sweep over Wales

Waves lash the sea wall in Trearddur, near Holyhead, at high tide on March 10, 2008
The strong winds and heavy rain hit western areas of Wales first

There were no early reports of damage after forecasters warned of high winds across Wales on Saturday night.

Emergency services in north Wales dealt with fallen trees blocking roads on Saturday evening between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris, and at Amlwch.

Mid and West Wales and North Wales fire services were also called to reports of slates falling from roofs but there were no reports of injuries.

In Capel Curig, Gwynedd, winds hit 93mph.

Forecasters said the weather would turn to sunny spells and showers on Sunday.

The wind and rain were caused by a deep Atlantic depression very close to the north west of Scotland.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles said: "We're in for some rough weather this weekend.

"The worst of it will be on Saturday night, with some heavy rain, and strong to severe gale force winds.

"They could be strong enough to cause damage to roofs, buildings and trees.

"The rain will clear before midnight but blustery showers will follow."

The AA urged motorists to check their routes are clear before embarking on journeys.

Paul Watters, head of roads and transport said: "Be prepared. Make sure your car is ready for the trip, and if you are not in any rush, maybe put it on hold."

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