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Power to storm hit homes to be restored by end of day

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Thousands were left without power yesterday, as storm Doris swept across Wales.

Scottish Power Energy Networks say they are aiming to restore power to all properties by 5pm today.

Extra engineers have been brought in to fix the electricity network as quickly as possible.

They added that trees and other debris have brought down power lines in some areas and if the public notice any damage, to report it.


Campaign launched to get Wales to increase its 50% food recycling rate

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A campaign has been launched to get Wales to increase the amount of food it recycles.

According to Recycle for Wales, only 50% of food waste produced in Wales is recycled.

The campaign aims to educate people about the inevitable food waste they should be recycling and about how methane from decomposition can be harnessed to create energy.

Recycle for Wales says that just one caddy of food generates enough energy to watch a football match on TV.

Taulupe Faletau will 'thrive under pressure for places'

aulupe Faletau during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham. Credit: David Davies PA Archive/PA Images

Wales interim coach Rob Howley is backing number eight Taulupe Faletau to thrive amid the intense pressure created by a fierce battle for back-row places.

Faletau has missed out on a Wales starting berth for the second successive RBS 6 Nations game, with Howley retaining a back-row trio of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Bath forward Faletau has won just three of his 63 caps off the bench, underlining what an integral figure he is in the Wales set-up, but Moriarty's performance in defeat to England 12 days ago made an irresistible selection case.

Any player will tell you that they want to be put under pressure and they want competition for places. We've got four world-class back-row forwards there, and it is genuinely a great headache to have, to have a world-class player on the bench.

I am sure it will drive Toby (Faletau) on. He hasn't missed many games and has been a constant in the national team.

He will be a constant in the (match-day) 23 for the future, and has a huge challenge with Ross, who has been outstanding.

– Rob Howley, Wales Interim Coach

Prince Charles to visit Cwmbran school children

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Prince Charles is due to meet with school children and ex-service personnel on a tour of South Wales today.

The Prince of Wales will meet with Cwmbran school children taking part in a climate change education programme run by the charity, Size of Wales,

He will then go on to visit ex-service personnel in Nantgarw, before heading west where he will learn about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction at Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo.


Around 9,000 homes still without power in north Wales after Storm Doris brings strong winds

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Scottish Power Energy Networks says the company has been working 'across the day' to respond to a high number of weather-related incidents across north and mid Wales due to wind gusts of up to 94mph caused by Storm Doris.

Around 60,000 customers were impacted by the high winds since midnight last night. The energy company says it has reconnected 51,000 homes today but there are currently 9,000 without power, with the majority in north Wales.

Engineers will continue to work to fix faults, but is anticipated that some homes in North Wales will remain off power overnight.

The storm force winds caused as many faults in three hours as SP Energy Networks would normally see in three months.

The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas.

Working conditions remained difficult across most of the day with high wind speeds and strong gusts.

– SP Energy Networks Statement
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