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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 January 2008, 13:23 GMT
Winds and rain cause disruption
Traffic in Swansea on Thursday
Flooding problems in Oystermouth Road, Swansea
Strong winds and rain are causing problems across Wales with power failures, schools and bridges closed and ferries cancelled.

About 1,000 homes in Gwynedd are without electricity.

John Beddoes High in Presteigne and Whitton Primary schools in Powys are closed due to a power failure.

Theold Severn Bridge, Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire and the Britannia Bridge between Gwynedd and Anglesey are closed to high-sided vehicles.

Manweb Scottish Power said the homes affected by power cuts were in isolated pockets across their area. Engineers were out trying to fix the faults.

Power was cut off to half of village of Llanuwchllyn near Bala in Gwynedd for a time but was later restored.

Power lines were brought down in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire and a street in Neath is closed by a fallen tree.

Rail commuters

However, Western Power Distribution said none of its customers were without power due to the bad weather.

It said the fallen cables in Cross Hands were part of the street lights and the responsibility of the local council.

Gusts of 75 mph were recorded at Lake Vyrnwy in mid Wales and 70 mph at Mumbles near Swansea.

Stormy weather near the Mumbles lighthouse, Swansea

All Swift sailings on Irish Ferries were cancelled between Holyhead and Dublin because of the bad weather.

Further afield, there was disruption for rail commuters from south Wales after a second landslide within a week at Alderton, south Gloucestershire, caused delays between Bristol Parkway and Swindon.

A spokesman for First Great Western (FGW) said passengers heading for London Paddington faced reduced speed limits and some trains were being re-routed.

Network Rail said it had checked the landslide and engineers had undertaken minor works to stabilise the slippage.



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