Wales

Heavy showers lead to localised flooding warning

Traffic camera image west of Bridgend
Image caption Speed restrictions were imposed on stretches of the M4 in south and west Wales

People across Wales are warned to expect more heavy rain overnight and for the rest of the working week, which could lead to localised flooding.

The Environment Agency said drains, small streams and ditches could overflow.

The rainfall is expected to continue in south and mid Wales, spreading northwards on Wednesday evening.

A yellow warning for heavy rain is in place across south east Wales until 23:00 BST on Wednesday.

The agency said river levels had not risen in response to the recent rainfall, but its officers would be monitoring levels closely.

A spokesman said: "Environment Agency Wales is urging people across Wales to remain vigilant as further heavy rainfall is forecast across the whole of the country.

"Slow moving, heavy showers will affect all parts of Wales overnight, into tomorrow and Friday, causing a further risk of localised flooding from drains, small streams and ditches.

Traffic problems

"The heavy showers will continue to affect south and mid Wales but will spread northwards from this evening."

There has been some flooding in St Davids in Pembrokeshire.

One fire engine from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was sent to Goat Street at about 17:50 BST on Wednesday, which was reportedly flooded with sewage water.

Firefighters, along with a special environmental unit, are working with the Environment Agency and the highways authority.

Meanwhile, Coastguards have been checking the moorings of vessels at Dale in Pembrokeshire after a 30ft yacht broke free in rough conditions.

A yellow warning for heavy rain is in place across south and east Wales. Gusting winds of around 50mph (80km/h) have also been reported.

Strong winds and heavy rain caused some traffic problems in parts of south Wales on Wednesday.

At Treforest, Pontypridd, one lane of the A470 northbound was closed for a time due to flooding near the A4054.

Image caption Damage to allotments in Newport

Traffic Wales reports reduced speed limits on bridges due to high winds with travel cameras showing a mixed scene on roads in south Wales.

Hazardous driving was reported in Cardiff on the A470 Coryton Interchange on Wednesday morning due to the volume of rain and spray on the road.

Drivers are also being warned about hazardous driving conditions on the M4 in south Wales, with signs set to 50mph on stretches of the motorway between junction 30 and junction 49.

Milford Haven coastguards say sea conditions have been very rough, with severe gale force winds.

Allotment holders at Bettws near Newport believe a tornado may have been responsible for a trail of damage, including smashed greenhouse windows.

Heavy showers mixed with hail and thunder were forecast for Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Principality Premiership rugby match between Pontypridd and Llandovery has been called with the Sardis Road pitch unplayable, according to the Welsh Rugby Union .

A win against the Drovers would have ensured Ponty finished top of the Premiership table.

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