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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 July 2006, 21:32 GMT 22:32 UK
Heat gives way to thunder storms
Floods
Rain caused heavy localised flooding
Summer thunder storms have brought heavy rain and localised flooding to parts of north Wales.

North Wales Police closed the A5 between Corwen and Llangollen to light vehicles due to severe flooding.

North Wales Fire Service said crews were dealing with flash flooding at Corwen, Ruthin and Abergele, although no properties were affected.

The storms, which continued through Wednesday evening, were predicted to bring hail and gusty winds.

The bad weather led to a series of power failures in the Corwen area.

A spokesperson for utility firm Manweb said they were unsure how many households were affected but extra engineers had been sent.

The firm said engineers could not go up poles to fix the faults until the danger of lightening had passed.

Fire crews were also called to flooding in the back garden of a house in Corwen while flooding was also reported on the Dolgellau side of Barmouth.

Denbighshire Council said highways workers were aware of the flooding on the A5, just outside Corwen, but had not closed the road. Staff were monitoring the situation and had warning signs up, the local authority said.

In mid Wales, four properties in Newtown were struck by lightning. One of the strikes caused internal damage to a house in Lon Afallen where an adjoining property was also hit.

Roof damage
Four houses were hit by lightning

Two neighbouring houses in Cambrian Gardens were also struck causing damage to the roof and chimney.

And in Llandrindod Wells firemen were called in to pump out floodwater from the Hazel Centre at the town's hospital in Temple Street, where two other properties were also affected by flooding.

BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway said the heat and humidity of the past few days was breaking down and would bring cooler, fresher conditions by the weekend.

He added: "It will be quite localised. The hot spell we've had recently is beginning to break down with thunder storms.

"There have been thunder storms in places such as Pembrokeshire but they are more widespread this afternoon.

"They will continue through this evening but eventually will slowly die away overnight. It will be cooler and fresher at the weekend."




SEE ALSO
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