Shem ap Geraint, who lives in Pennal in Gwynedd, tells us that - when the emergency services began to evacuate the village - "it took a while to set in that there was a real threat".
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The calm after the storm today as the winds have eased overnight. Generally dry with a few spells of sunshine, but feeling fresher.
We're not quite out of the wood yet as far as the winds are concerned. However things will settle by the early hours of the morning.
The race is on to see who will represent Wales as Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards