Gales cause damage and disruption across Wales

Waves at Porthcawl 10 January 2015 Image copyright Matthew Horwood
Image caption Strong winds are expected to continue to affect exposed places on Saturday like the seafront at Porthcawl

Gales have caused damage and disruption to travel and power supplies with a large number of trees blown down.

Western Power Distribution said power had been restored to most customers after 2,500 homes were affected in 13 separate incidents across Wales.

Strong winds were expected to continue to affect exposed areas across Wales on Saturday.

Firefighters were called to deal with loose cladding at Cardiff City Stadium ahead of an important game with Fulham.

Natural Resources Wales issued eight flood alerts for north and mid Wales.

In one incident, part of a roof blew away from a Chinese takeaway, landing on cars and exposing live electrical wires at Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf. The scene was made safe by firefighters.

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Image caption Firefighters make Cardiff City stadium roof safe after cladding came loose in strong winds
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Image caption A fallen tree on the Taff Trail in Llandaff North, Cardiff stopped one cyclist in his tracks
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Image caption Numerous trees have been blown over overnight, including this one at Cardiff's Victoria Park

Motorists were warned to take care with emergency services reporting debris across many roads with Traffic Wales issuing updates on affected routes.

Restrictions were put in place on the M48 Severn Bridge in Monmouthshire and Anglesey's A55 Britannia Bridge and some Irish Ferries services were cancelled from Holyhead and Pembroke Dock.

About 2,000 homes were left without power on Friday night at Gilwern, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

And three children were injured when a tree was blown on to a bus carrying school pupils in Pontypool on Friday.

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Image caption The wind blew down a conservatory at Bedwas RFC in Caerphilly
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Image caption Work starts to repair a shop sign damaged by the wind in Crwys Road, Cardiff
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Image caption Roof tiles blew off a property at Roath, Cardiff, landing on the pavement below on Friday night

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