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Storm Imogen leaves nearly 2,000 homes without power across Wales

Heavy rain and strong winds have left nearly 2,000 properties across Wales without power.

Waves crash over the sea wall at Porthcawl as Storm Imogen batters the Welsh coast Credit: PA

Western Power Distribution estimates that 1,831 homes are currently affected, with the bad weather expected to continue into the afternoon.

In Pontardulais, more than 800 homes are without power after heavy winds resulted in a tree falling down. Western Power says engineers are currently on the scene.

To see a map of the affected areas, and to stay up to date with power outtages across Wales, visit the Western Power Distribution website.

Rail services across Wales disrupted by Storm Imogen

Rail services across Wales are subject to delays and cancellations as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

Credit: PA

Flooding at Dovey Junction and Llanaber means there are currently no Arriva Trains Wales services running between Dovey Junction and Aberystwyth, and between Dovey Junction and Pwllheli.

And a replacement bus service has been running between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog due to flooding.

Great Western Railway advise allowing extra time for journeys, and Arriva Trains Wales suggest checking your route before travelling.

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Wales wait on Dan Biggar's injury

Dan Biggar competes for the ball with Connor Murray Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wales could know more in the next 24 hours or so about fly-half Dan Biggar's prospects of facing RBS 6 Nations opponents Scotland next Saturday.

Biggar went off just 22 minutes into Wales' 16-16 draw with reigning Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin.

He was replaced by Rhys Priestland, whose goalkicking helped haul Wales back into the contest from 13-0 adrift.

Dan has a high ankle sprain, so we will know more on that in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Whether he has got to be scanned or not, I don't know. It's difficult to make assessments so soon after the game.

I thought Rhys Priestland played well when he came on, and we were happy with his performance.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach


Inquest into Welsh soldier's death set to continue

An inquest is due to continue into the death of Private Cheryl James who died at the Deepcut Barracks in Surrey in 1995.

An inquest in 1995 recorded an open verdict. Credit: Family photo

A long-awaited fresh inquest began last week into the death of the teenager who was found with a fatal bullet wound in November 1995.

But after two hours of legal argument, a coroner adjourned the inquest to allow new forensic and scientific evidence to be reviewed.

Her family wanted the inquest to be widened to take account of new testimony which they believe could shed new light on her state of mind.

It will also consider whether a third party was involved in her death and what happened on the evening before she died.

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