Storm Eleanor batters Wales with flood warnings issued

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Media captionStorm Eleanor: Waves batter Trearddur Bay on Anglesey, captured by Warren Cardwell

Travel has been disrupted and 400 homes were left without power for a time after Storm Eleanor hit Wales.

Gusts of up to 79mph (130km/h) were recorded on the coast overnight and a Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for Wales was lifted at 19:00 GMT.

Natural Resources Wales said high spring tides combined with storm surges had caused hazardous conditions. Four flood warnings remain in place.

Trains had to be cancelled with some bridges and roads closed.

In the Vale of Glamorgan, a man was treated by paramedics after a tree fell on a car in Hensol and a family were forced out of their home after the roof was blown off at Gibbonsdown.

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Image caption South Wales Police tweeted that a driver escaped with minor injuries after hitting a fallen tree in Hensol

Ceri Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: "Large waves could overtop defences and throw up debris - this could easily cause injury or knock you off your feet."

Pembrokeshire council also issued a warning for several areas, including Amroth and Newgale, about overtopping waves.

The problems have been caused as Storm Eleanor - the fifth-named storm of the season - approached the UK from the Atlantic.

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Image caption The yellow warning for wind is in force until 18:00 GMT on Wednesday

Arriva Trains Wales has suspended services between Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd and North Llanrwst, Conwy, because of expected flooding on the line.

Meanwhile, the Aberdyfi Coastguard had to prepare a helicopter landing site in Tywyn, Gwynedd, on Tuesday evening to transfer a pregnant woman to the specialist neonatal unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Mid and North West Wales Coastguard posted on Facebook: "Despite the appalling conditions the R936 (helicopter) was able to make the trip safely and took the lady to hospital.

"We're amazed at what the search and rescue helicopter guys can get through."

Image caption Waves flooded on to Aberystwyth seafront

The M48 Severn bridge in Monmouthshire reopened at about 12:00 on Wednesday after strong winds closed it overnight and Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire reopened to all vehicles late on Wednesday afternoon.

Flooding has closed the A4109 at Aberdulais, in Neath Port Talbot, and strong winds closed the Britannia Bridge on Anglesey to high-side vehicles until the early evening.

In Monmouthshire, the A466 in Tintern will be shut at the junction with Trelleck Road and the Royal George Hotel during high tide on Wednesday and Thursday.

The coastguard also reported 12 ships were sheltering from high winds off Moelfre, on the east coast of Anglesey, on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Stena Line has cancelled some ferries between Fishguard and Rosslare and most Irish Ferries crossings between Pembroke and Rosslare, and Holyhead and Dublin have also been stopped.

Western Power Distribution said electricity had been restored to 400 properties which had been affected earlier in the day.

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Image caption Storm Eleanor brought down a tree in Newtown, Powys
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Image caption A wave hits a coastal wall in Porthcawl, Bridgend county
Image caption High water levels at Tintern, Monmouthshire

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