Pembrokeshire weathers the storm
Families braved a walk on Newgale beach on Monday, as Pembrokeshire escaped the worst of the storm. PICTURE: Western Telegraph
Pembrokeshire seems to have escaped the worst of what a major Atlantic storm threw at the southern UK coast.
The path of the storm had originally been projected to bring the storm directly over the west Wales coast but the storm moved down over the southern English coast, where wind speeds of close to 100mph were recorded.
Although some heavy rain and strong winds were recorded across the county, it was not as bad as had been feared.
Pembrokeshire County Council confirmed it had not been called to any incidents or damage overnight.
A spokesman added: "We were well prepared along with our partners such as the blue-light services, Natural Resources Wales, Coastguards etc, having held multi-agency meetings over the weekend.
"We had mobile response teams at the ready armed with chainsaws, diversion signs etc but they were not required We were also busy Saturday and Sunday clearing drains and gullies of leaves and had 1,110 sandbags filled."
Yesterday (Sunday) Natural Resources Wales had warned of the risk of localised flooding and disruption.
The strong winds expected late Sunday and during the early hours of Monday morning had brought fears of large waves along the Pembrokeshire and South Wales coasts.
Officers have been monitoring river levels closely and checking flood defences over the weekend and will continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
Staff will be on standby to deal with incidents and to remove any blockages in rivers which may pose a flood risk.
People are reminded that flood water can be extremely dangerous, and should not attempt to walk or drive through it unless instructed by the emergency services.
Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/alerts Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 via Natural Resources Wales’s twitter account: @natreswales.
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