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80mph gales expected as Storm Doris hits North Wales

Fallen tree in Butetown, Cardiff Credit: Twitter: ljmasters83

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected hit Welsh shores this morning as Storm Doris arrives from the Atlantic, the Met Office has said.

The storm will bring strong winds and heavy rain to much of North Wales when it arrives in the early hours of Thursday.

An Amber weather warning has been issued for Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Powys, Wrexham and Ceredigion.

We have got a fairly active area of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic.

It is strengthening as it moves eastwards to the UK.

– Emma Sharples, Met Offfice forecaster

The Met Office's amber weather warning alerts people that "whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris".

Storm Doris is expected to move on quickly, with the worst of the weather gone by Thursday evening.

While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.

The unpleasant combination of torrential rain, severe gales and heavy snow will create some very poor driving conditions, with the potential for roads to be affected by black ice, debris or standing water. Wind can also bring down tree branches, blow you off course or blow other vehicles into your path. Expect travel disruption as some roads will be treacherous.

– John Snowling, AA spokesman

Elsewhere there is a yellow 'be aware' warning of strong winds for the rest of Wales. Gusts of between 50 and 60mph are expected with a risk of 70mph on hills and coasts.

Flood warnings have also been issued for parts of the country.

Gareth Wyn Jones farms at Llanfairfechan in Gwynedd.

He was out and about this morning in the strong winds:

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