5,000 without power as clear up begins after huge storm
Updated 4:53pm Thursday 13th February 2014 in News
This live event has finished
- Around 5,000 customers still without power after storm.
- Nine schools are closed.
- Some roads remain blocked.
That's where we will leave the live updates for today. Any major updates will be reported via the Western Telegraph website as usual.
WEATHER update for Wales for Friday:
Another area of low pressure is expected to bring further wet and windy weather across Wales during Friday but this is not expected to be a repeat of yesterday’s storm. Nonetheless, the rainfall will be sufficiently heavy at times to bring localised flooding on the roads, particularly across southern areas of Wales. The latest flood guidance statement indicates a low likelihood of significant disruption due to surface water flooding and a medium likelihood of minor impacts with respect to river flooding.
Strong south-easterly then southerly winds on Friday are expected to gust to between 40 and 45 mph in many areas and may well gust to around 60 to 65 mph in some areas along western parts of the Bristol Channel coast. Some minor impacts may occur, particularly where there is pre existing damage, but these speeds are significantly less than those experienced yesterday.
Another windy day is in store with showers or longer periods of rain, bringing further localised flooding on the roads. The strong west to north-westerly winds are expected to gust to around 55 mph on exposed coasts in the north and west of Wales. These speeds are not unusual but again some impacts could occur due to already weakened trees/structures.
County Council update:
Jordanston to Jordanston cross: Road reopened - maintenance crews have cleared trees blocking road.
Road from the Rhos to Hillblock: tree down blocking road – landowners contractors on their way
Road A40 junction to Rudbaxton, road closed down to the tip: tree down – Landowner contractor to clear
Dale to Dale Fort: Road Open
Albion Crescent, Waterston – Road Open
Castle Pill Road closed due to tree blocking road. Due to reopen soon
Side road between A4075 and Cresselly by White Hill – Tree down – road passable with care.
Turn into Williamston Nursing home off the Rhoose Ferry Road - large tree blocking the road
POWER & BT OUTAGES
Around 5,000 customers are still without power.
Power restored to Broad Haven, Portfield Gate, Roch and Croesgoch area.
169 customers still affected in St Ishmaels area
195 customers still without power in Maenclochog area
The following schools have been closed today:
Milford Haven – structural damage. Open tomorrow
Manorbier – re-opened this afternoon
Broad Haven – power returned. Open tomorrow
Coastlands – no power
Roch – no power
Sir Thomas Picton – structural damage. Remaining closed tomorrow – work ongoing
Spittal – structural damage. Open tomorrow
Croesgoch –power has returned. Open tomorrow
Maenclochog – no power
Note: Ysgol Dewi Sant is remaining OPEN today.
TREES DOWN/DANGEROUS STRUCTURE
Woodbine Terrace, Pembroke – Area cordoned off due to slates falling off roof
Trees at Coxhill, Narberth cleared
The numerous reports of trees down around the county not affecting highways will be attended to when possible.
Pembrokeshire County Council update, 1.10pm:
ROADS – NORTH
Blocked road from Nevern to Cardigan at Poescoch Crossroads – tree blocking road
Overhanging tree on Dale road between Ratford Bridge and Dreenhill has been cleared
Minor road from Puncheston to Llanychaer at Penffordd – power line down – Road closed
ROADS – SOUTH
Road from Dale to Dale Fort re-opened
Church Terrace, Saundersfoot reopened
Clicketts Lane reopened
Charles Street Neyland is open – Crews to pick RC signs still standing
Tree blocking half the road at the foot of the Ridgeway, Penally
Dangerous Tree on Valley Road by Pleasant Valley near Wisemans Bridge
Troopers Inn to Llangwm still closed, contractors currently clearing seven large trees – Road to reopen by 3pm
Ysgol Dewi Sant – NOT CLOSING due to water supply being restored. School remaining open.
Pembrokeshire County Orchestrea rehearsals at Sir Thomas Picton School tomorrow (Friday 14th February) have been CANCELLED. The next rehearsal is on Friday 7th March.
Jazz rehearsals at Tasker Milward School on Sunday have also been CANCELLED.
RT @schoolmilford: School will be open as normal for all pupils tomorrow (Fri 14th Feb). All damage will be rectified by the end of today.— @reecealdred11 13 February 2014
School closure update: Ysgol Dewi Sant will close at 2pm today due to no water.— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Pembrokeshire County Council staff who worked hard overnight clearing away fallen trees, debris and roof tiles, in a bid to get traffic moving around the county again today have been thanked by the council leader.
Highways and area maintenance teams worked until 23:00, starting again at 05:30 this morning, dealing with more than 150 reports of trees, large branches and debris.
The County Council’s contact centre usually receives around 1,100 phone calls on a normal Wednesday.
Yesterday it received 3,184 calls - more than 2,000 extra.
There were 150 reports of damage to property, council infrastructure, schools, utilities infrastructure and street lights.
At 15:00 there were 26 road closures in place. Council crews also helped deal with eight flooding incidents and two oil spills.
A total of 25 schools closed early due to the severe weather. A further nine schools are closed today.
On Tuesday and Wednesday alone, the Council’s Facebook page had more than a thousand new likes, and the Twitter account gained another thousand followers. Comments on Twitter included: ‘Thank you for the constant updates, a job well done’ and ‘fab updates all day, really appreciated’.
“Staff across the Council rose to the challenge of the extreme weather yesterday and worked exceptionally hard to try and keep people safe and get the county moving again. I’m sure the people in the county would join me in thanking them for their valued efforts,” said the Leader of the County Council, Councillor Jamie Adams.
“All in all, it was a very busy day for the employees of Pembrokeshire County Council.”
TV star Anna Ryder Richardson had to be escorted over the M4 Briton Ferry Bridge by police last night while transporting three rare Damara zebra from Colchester to her zoo near Tenby.
The zebras from Colchester will join two zebras already at Anna’s Welsh Zoo – making the herd of five the only herd of zebras in the UK. The zebras will roam in a huge paddock with three Southern White Rhino and two ostrich.
Arriva Trains Wales is reporting that normal service has resumed. Trains were suspended earlier due to trees on the line between Clarbeston Road and Fishguard Harbour.
Pembrokeshire County Council update, 11.10am:
Further to previous reports:
Jordanston to Jordanston cross: Still closed
Little Treffgarne, Spittal to Wolfscastle: Still closed
A487 Square & Compass due to dangerous structure and debris: Still closed
Road from the Rhos to Hillblock: tree down blocking road
Parkstone to Penffordd road near Bletherston: Closed
Morvil to Puncheston road: closed due to power lines down
Picton Road Neyland: Now Open
Charles Street Milford Haven: Now Open
Troopers Inn to Llangwm: Still closed, contractors currently clearing seven large trees
Albion Crescent, Waterston: Now passable but will be open soon
Road Dale to Dale Fort: completely blocked by tree
Honeyborough Industrial estate, seven different trees down. Roads passable with care but may be closed when works carried out to clear them.
RT @metofficeWales: Red Warning of Wind for Wales : Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Conwy & Powys valid from... http:…— @misty7toby 13 February 2014
Wondering whether there is a #powercut in a certain area? You can check by visiting our live power cut map, here: http://t.co/MR5mtynfIU— @wpduk 13 February 2014
Three rare Damara Zebra arrive @AnnasWelshZoo on #wildwednesday escorted over the M4 bridge by Police. All arrived safely.— @AnnasWelshZoo 13 February 2014
Castell Henllys is currently closed due to fallen trees. Mae Castell Henllys ar gau ar hyn o bryd oherwydd coed syrthiedig.— @PembsCoast 13 February 2014
Of 75 schools in Pembrokeshire, 65 are open today, 10 closed and one partially open.
Pembrokeshire County Council's school closures can be tracked here.
RT @fmwales: Thank you to emergency services & engineers who worked tirelessly to help people across Wales in the foulest of weather #stays…— @mawwfire 13 February 2014
Troopers Inn to Llangwm: Still closed, contractors currently clearing seven large trees— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
SOUTH ROADS: Picton Road Neyland: Now Open, Charles Street Milford Haven: Now Open— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Road from the Rhos to Hillblock: tree down blocking road— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Albion Crescent, Waterston: Now passable but will be open soon, Road Dale to Dale Fort: completely blocked by tree— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Honeyborough Industrial estate, 7 different trees down. Roads passable with care but may be closed when works carried out to clear them.— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Anyone visiting Pembrokeshire this weekend or during the school holidays? Please read this safety advice and be... http://t.co/be2AAcSPJl— @FBMHolidays 13 February 2014
@itvthismorning those teenagers in Pembrokeshire should not have been filmed. They were being extremely stupid.— @Poppyblew 13 February 2014
Service Update: Solva Community School is CLOSED today (13/02/2014) http://t.co/SN2JE5dKXY— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
Service Update: Manorbier Church in Wales VC School is PARTIALLY OPEN today (13/02/2014) http://t.co/SN2JE5dKXY— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
SPLISH SPLASH: This picture of stormy sea battering Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire at high tide yesterday was taken by Janet Jenkins.
Some scenes from Pembrokeshire and Freshwater West beach http://t.co/l9FPzBBz0L— @McDragon 13 February 2014
Very lucky that all I have to complain about is a soggy allotment! a friends front garden yesterday in Pembrokeshire http://t.co/3McXUFHgnV— @LSandP 13 February 2014
It's the first time in 25 yrs I've lost my own aerial #storms #pembrokeshire http://t.co/hk2uSeui7C— @PembsDigital 13 February 2014
Among those hit by power cuts is the Western Telegraph. Please bear with us!
Arriva Trains Wales has reported that the service between Clarbeston Road and Fishguard Harbour has been suspended due to obstructions on the line.
A number of trees are said to have fallen on the line.
Service Update: Pupil Referral Unit - Neyland is CLOSED today (13/02/2014) http://t.co/SN2JE5dKXY— @Pembrokeshire 13 February 2014
This photo from Martin Cavaney shows the stormy sea around the Pembroke Dock Gun Tower yesterday. Any photographs of the storm can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Around 5,000 customers in west Wales are without electricity following Wednesday's storm.
Western Power Distribution said: "We are dealing with 415 incidents and currently have 15,500 customers off supply in South Wales.
"We are aiming to get all customers restored by early evening. We have restored approximately 30,000 customers since yesterday afternoon.
In the West Wales area we have approx. 10,000 customers off supply, approximately 5,000 of those customers are in the Pembrokeshire area.
"Restoration of supplies will take longer because of the huge volume we've had to deal with in such a short space of time, our Control rooms and our field resources have been extremely busy. This event is unprecedented - we haven't seen a storm this fierce in a long time."
Update from Pembrokeshire County Council, 9.20am:
Pembrokeshire County Council crews worked throughout the night clearing trees and debris.
Area Maintenance crews will be working today on any outstanding issues from yesterday, continuing to clear roads, debris and assessing reported dangerous trees.
At present the following roads are still closed.
Jordanston to Jordanston Cross closed
Little Treffgarne, Spittal to Wolfscastle
A487 Square & Compass due to dangerous structure and debris
Picton Road Neyland still closed
Charles Street Milford still closed
Troopers Inn to Llangwm still closed.
The following schools are closed today:
Broad Haven Primary School – no power – may open later
Coastlands School – no power
Milford Haven School – structural damage
Roch Community School– no power
Sir Thomas Picton School – structural damage
Spittal VC School – structural damage
Manorbier VC School – no power
Ysgol Gymundeol Croesgoch – no power
Ysgol Gymunedol Maenclochog – no power