ALL Transport for Wales train services have been suspended due to Storm Arwen, with no rail replacement buses available, meaning thousands may be left stranded.

The operator is advising customers against travel because of the severity of the storm.

Elsewhere across the UK at least two people have died as Storm Arwen brought gusts of almost 100mph, causing road closures, train delays and power cuts.

Meanwhile Great Western Railway said a fallen tree had blocked the main line between Cardiff and Swansea, with disruption expected to last until 9am, and advised against travel on the south Wales route. It has said passengers should check for travel information.

On the roads the first Severn Crossing, the A48 bridge, has been closed due to strong winds but the more modern Prince of Wales bridge remains open while Flintshire council has said the A548 Flintshire Bridge is closed.

The government's Traffic Wales highways agency has asked people to consider if their journeys are essential.

A Tesco supermarket at Cefn Mawr, near Wrexham, has been shut until further notice due to a lorry being blown over. The road has been closed. 

In Llanelli the Many Tears Animal Rescue centre said a puppy has died due to Storm Arwen and its buildings have been damaged. The centre has had no power since the early hours of the morning.


Gusts have up to 77 miles per hour were recorded at Aberporth and homes in parts of north Wales are expected to be without power until late this afternoon.

Amber wind warnings are in place for Saturday morning in south-west and north-east England, while a yellow warning stretches across central England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is expected to last until 6pm.

It means people should expect gusts in excess of 70mph, bringing further disruption with more power cuts, flying debris and travel delays.

Cumbria Police said a man from Lancaster died in Ambleside after a tree fell on him just before 11pm on Friday.

In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree in County Antrim on Friday.

A few inches of snow also fell across Scotland and parts of England, with more expected during the morning.

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, told the PA news agency: “We’ve seen some pretty severe gusts overnight with the highest speeds hitting 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

“Elsewhere, exposed sites in Scotland and Northern Ireland also surpassed 90mph, with 70-80mph seen more widely in the north of the UK, though parts of southern England and Wales also felt the effects of the storm.

“This has been coupled with a few inches of snow which has fallen in some areas."

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