Wales weather: Storm Henk sees heavy rain and wind warnings

Flooded Mullock Bridge near Marloes and Dale in Pembrokeshire
Image caption,Mullock Bridge near Marloes and Dale in Pembrokeshire is one of the many areas which have flooded

Dozens of homes have flooded and hundreds are without power as Storm Henk batters Wales.

An amber wind warning is in place until 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, with power cuts and building damage possible.

A number of flood warnings have also been issued by Natural Resources Wales.

Fire crews are dealing with multiple flooding incidents, including 34 homes in Isgraig, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was “an ongoing incident” and crew members were “responding to severe flooding in the area”.

Flooded road between Aberthin and Maendy in the Vale of Glamorgan
Image caption,People are being urged to travel only if necessary as flooding on roads is expected throughout the storm period

Teams were also sent on Tuesday to St Mary’s Park, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, where a large amount of water was running from nearby fields.

Water diversion measures were needed to stop a small number of properties in Bronllys, Brecon, Powys, being flooded.

A further incident in Pontyates, Carmarthenshire, saw a car stuck in floodwater with people inside.

Meanwhile, more than 700 homes are without power in south and west Wales.

The National Grid said the number included 337 homes in the Llynfi Valley, Bridgend county, 145 in Hendy, Carmarthenshire, 62 in Kenfig Hill, Bridgend and 72 in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

The named storm is the eighth of the season, which began on 1 September.

The amber warning for wind covers Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.

People walking along Penarth seafront in wet and windy weather
Image caption,The weather warnings are in place across Wales on Tuesday as Storm Henk hits the country

Meanwhile a yellow weather warning for rain includes the same south Wales counties, as well as Blaenau Gwent, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys and runs until 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The Met Office said the wettest areas could see up to 50mm (1.9in) of rain, while coastal areas could see wind speeds of up to 80 mph (128km/h).

Forecasters have warned some roads and bridges are likely to close, trains and buses will be cancelled or delayed, and travel times will be longer than usual.

Flooding in a park
Image caption,Flood alerts and weather warnings have been issued in the majority of counties as Storm Henk hits Wales

In Pen Dinas, Aberystwyth, emergency services are continuing to deal with reports of fallen stones at the Wellington Monument.

Fencing was erected last week, to cordon the area off during bad weather, after large stone blocks were dislodged at the top of the 18m (59ft) tower.

Waterfront Winterland in Swansea announced on social media on Tuesday that it would be closing for the season “earlier than anticipated” due to the weather, and people with skating bookings would be contacted.

National Rail said heavy rain had flooded the tracks between Swansea and Gowerton and between Saundersfoot and Manorbier, affecting services between Swansea and Carmarthen, and to and from Pembroke Dock.

Train services between London Paddington and south Wales were being diverted, Great Western Railway said, because of flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway.

The Dyfi Bridge
Image caption,The Dyfi Bridge warning signs are on display in Machynlleth but the bridge remains open as river level rises

The Met Office said flooding of some homes and businesses was possible, in addition to power cuts and travel disruption, and urged people to only travel if necessary.

It urged people to check for loose items outside homes, such as bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, sheds and fences.

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