90MPH GUSTS IN STORM

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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