Wales

60mph winds continue to batter Wales

Tree blocks path on Berse Road, Wrexham
Image caption Tree blocks path on Berse Road, Wrexham

High wind continues to batter Wales with gusts of up to 60mph (96km).

A severe weather warning is in force across north Wales as the Met Office expects rain "heavy and persistent" at times to continue into the night.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts across Wales.

On Friday, the high winds exacerbated a 25-mile queue of traffic on the M4 into Cardiff for the Wales-England rugby Six Nations opening match.

The delays stretched between junction 19 and junction 25a but the hold-ups were cleared by 2000 GMT - 15 minutes after the start of the game which ended in a Wales' defeat.

Saturday's severe weather warning issued by the Met Office expects rain "heavy and persistent" at times to continue into the night, giving 15 to 25mm (0.5-1in) of rain and as much as 50mm (2in) over high ground.

A statement advised the public to take extra care and refer to the latest Environment Agency flood warnings with six alerts in place across Wales by 1030 GMT.

North Wales Fire and Rescue alerted the Highways Agency on Saturday after receiving a number of calls about road signs being blown into the roads and some trees.

Meanwhile, some roads have now re-opened following problems overnight.

The A483, Four Crosses, Powys, reopened after fallen power cables were removed between The Street and B4393.

And the B4368, Glanmule, Powys, has also been cleared after a fallen tree blocked the road between between A489, Glanmule, and Anchor.

The strong winds are expected to continue on Sunday.

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