Live5,000 without power as clear up begins after huge storm

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Summary

  • Around 5,000 customers still without power after storm.
  • Nine schools are closed.
  • Some roads remain blocked.

4:53pm

That's where we will leave the live updates for today. Any major updates will be reported via the Western Telegraph website as usual.

3:24pm

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.

Saturday
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:


NORTH ROADS

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


SOUTH ROADS

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

SCHOOL CLOSURES

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.

2:11pm

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

SCHOOLS

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.

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12:21pm

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.”

11:49am

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.

Western Telegraph:

11:34am

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.

11:33am

Pembrokeshire County Council update, 11.10am:

Further to previous reports:

NORTH ROADS
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

 

SOUTH ROADS

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.

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11:13am

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.

 

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Reaction to a film of Pembrokeshire on This Morning today:
 

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SPLISH SPLASH: This picture of stormy sea battering Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire at high tide yesterday was taken by Janet Jenkins.


Western Telegraph:

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10:21am

Among those hit by power cuts is the Western Telegraph. Please bear with us!

10:20am

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.

9:53am

9:45am

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 wtnews@westerntelegraph.co.uk

 

Western Telegraph:

9:25am

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.

NORTH
Jordanston to Jordanston Cross closed
Little Treffgarne, Spittal to Wolfscastle
A487 Square & Compass due to dangerous structure and debris

SOUTH
Picton Road Neyland still closed
Charles Street Milford still closed
Troopers Inn to Llangwm still closed.

SCHOOL CLOSURES
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

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