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Work to restore power after storm

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A fallen tree blocked Park Street in BridgendThis fallen tree had blocked Park Street in Bridgend

Fallen tree, BridgendThe tree crashed onto a car but the driver managed to free herself and was unharmed

A garage blew onto a house in Beddau near PontypriddA garage blew onto a house in Beddau near Pontypridd

A tree uprooted in Pendine in CarmarthenshireA tree uprooted in Pendine in Carmarthenshire

The high sea at Mumbles Head near SwanseaThe high sea at Mumbles Head near Swansea, where 89 mph gusts were recorded at 16:00 GMT on Saturday afternoon

The froth at Amroth - BBC Pembrokeshire reporter Sarah Moore took this photo of the swell on the coastThe froth at Amroth - BBC Pembrokeshire reporter Sarah Moore took this photo of the swell on the coast

A large wave hits Little Haven, PembrokeshireLittle Haven, Pembrokeshire, felt the force of the wind and waves

Engineers are still working to connect homes hit by power cuts during storm-force winds in Wales.

Winds gusting at up to 89mph (143kph) brought down trees and power lines, leaving 10,000 homes and businesses across south and west Wales without power on Saturday.

The peak of the problem was between 15:00 and 16:00 GMT but around 100 are still cut off on Sunday.

Natural Resources Wales said nine flood warnings remain in place on the coast.

The majority of people had their power restored by 21:00 GMT on Saturday.

Dozens of engineers were drafted in the deal with the problem in an area stretching from Pembroke in the west to Chepstow in the east.

'Torn off'

The number of homes without power reduced to around 500 by Saturday night and then to just under 100 overnight.

Western Power Distribution said it hoped to reconnect remaining customers by midday.

The highest wind speed was 89mph recorded at Mumbles head near Swansea at 16:00 GMT.

Problems included:

  • The M4 was closed both ways for two hours between Margam and Pyle after a caravan overturned.

  • A tree fell onto a car in Park Street in Bridgend but the driver was reportedly unharmed if shaken.

  • A roof was also blown off a garage onto the house next door at Beddau near Pontypridd, according to South Wales Fire and Rescue.

  • The roof canopy at the main entrance to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend was also damaged with one person treated for a minor injury. The entrance has since reopened.

  • Fallen trees in Bridgend, Cardiff, Llanelli, Swansea, Pembroke, St Nicholas and Upper Boat.

Artist David Pearce, who lives just outside Swansea, said his daughter's 11ft trampoline was blown across the garden in high winds.

"The roof nearly got torn completely off our shed and our daughter's trampoline took off. It smashed her garden swings and ended up in our hedge," he said.

The main westbound carriageway of the M48 out of Wales is closed at Aust and the A4065 Abergarw Road in Bridgend is still closed due to fallen power cables.

Resident Barbara Yorwerth told BBC Wales' Matt Murray how a female driver managed to escape unharmed despite a tree falling on her car

The Met Office recorded strong gusts on coasts around Wales from the Bristol Channel to the Llyn Peninsula.

South Wales Police had received reports of 13 fallen trees in one hour on Saturday afternoon.

Arriva Trains Wales advised passengers not to travel on Saturday evening unless necessary.

Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are monitoring sea surge, wind and waves as it could lead to further alerts being issued and possibly tidal flood warnings.

There were nine flood warnings in coastal areas at 08:30 GMT at Llanddulas, Borth, Clarach Bay, Aberystwyth, Newgale, Dale, Penclawdd, Newton and Porthcawl, and Barmouth.

For the latest on flood alerts and warnings and how you can prepare go to Natural Resources Wales or call Floodline 0845 988 1188.

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