90MPH GUSTS IN STORM
Downed trees blocked roads across region:
HUNDREDS of homes were left without power, trees blocked roads and vehicles were damaged as Storm Diana swept through the region last week.
Gusts of up to 90mph battered western parts of North Wales throughout the afternoon, bringing down trees and power lines.
Wind speeds picked up towards lunch time as Storm Diana - which was named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service - hit North Wales.
By 2pm, gusts of almost 70mph were battering the region. The highest recorded gust was 90mph at Capel Curig while north east Wales escaped relatively unscathed.
Anglesey saw some of the strongest winds, with cars in Holyhead Retail Park being damaged after a wooden structure blocking access to a construction site blew down.
It smashed on to the bonnets of several cars, causing damage to the vehicles.
Across the region, roads were blocked by falling trees and power lines.
The A487 had to be closed in Gwynedd between Cross Foxes and Corris after a tree came down. The A494 near Dolgellau and the A470 near Tal-y-cafn were also closed.
Several minor roads were also blocked by falling trees. Motorists were urged to drive carefully.
The Britannia Bridge was closed to all high sided vehicles, with only cars and small vans allowed to cross between 10.30am until 6pm.
From 6pm, they said all vehicles except motorbikes, bicycles and caravans could use the bridge.
Homes and businesses were also left in the dark after the storm cut off power supplies.
Scottish Power, which maintains the region’s energy network, said as many as 600 homes in Conwy were left without power during the storm.
They said most of the properties saw power returned within a few hours.
A spokesman added: “We have seen pockets of customers affected in other areas.
“Engineers have been responding across the afternoon. “We have seen some trees and branches affecting the overhead lines in the strong winds.”
The region also endured some heavy rain showers with roads including the A496 in Maentwrog partially flooded.
Coastal areas saw large waves crashing against the coast, as the strong winds whipped up their power during the day.
There were no reports of any significant damage caused by the waves.
● A fallen tree blocks the road between Caernarfon and Caeathro last week
Wild seas near Criccieth, Gwynedd