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Stranded train evacuated as Storm Callum causes disruption

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Travel has been disrupted as Storm Callum hits Wales.

A train is being evacuated after it was stranded in Abercynon in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Heavy rainfall has flooded the tracks.

The Aberdare train has stopped near Penrhiwceiber Station.

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The stranded train cannot move forward or backwards due to flooding near Penrhiwceiber Station Credit: Arriva Trains

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Brad Williams on board the train has told ITV Wales that the flood water is high.

Network rail are at the scene and passengers have had to make their way off on inflatable walkways.

We’ve been stranded here for nearly an hour now.

Flood water is very deep with debris floating.

Being told it’s not safe for the train to move forward or backwards.

Network Rail are on site assessing the situation.

– Brad Williams, stranded train passenger

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The Met Office have warned this may cause local rivers to rise as ferries between Wales and Ireland have been cancelled.

Traffic Wales say a stretch of the A465 is closed in both directions between the Rhigos roundabout and Hirwaun roundabout due to flooding.

A falling tree narrowly missed a house in Penylan, Cardiff today.

For 40 years Wyn Morris watched the tree grow, today he went outside to find it had landed on his weeks old car.

A fallen tree closed a road and narrowly missed houses in Penylan, Cardiff

Wales has seen the worst of the wind - with gusts of up to 86mph recorded in Capel Curig as strong gales and heavy rain hit south east and south west Wales.

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Dramatic pictures of waves crashing into the rocks were captured by a viewer on Anglesey Credit: Sami Owen

Arriva Trains Wales has preemptively cancelled all services today between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog due to adverse weather conditions.

There will be no train services between Swansea and Carmarthen on Friday or Saturday between 7am and 11am or after 7pm due to anticipated flooding.

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The A465 Heads of the Valleys road has been closed in both directions from Rhigos to Hirwaun due to flooding.

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A trampoline has been blown onto a car in Henwalia, Caernarfon.
Rushing water at Aberdulais Falls in Neath this afternoon. Credit: Alison Hoyles

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain covering the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf on Friday, with an increased risk of localised flooding.

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Council say it is putting in place increased resources throughout Friday and into Saturday.

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RCT Council is also asking residents to do what they can to help, including removing leaves and debris from private drains and putting out sandbags where necessary.

It is also asking people to look out for the safety of elderly and vulnerable neighbours during the weather surge.

RCT Council is taking proactive steps in anticipation of this poor weather – including clearing potential obstructions to drains and culverts, which will help alleviate flooding, as well as having contractors and heavy plant machinery on standby.

We also have teams filling sandbags, in order to have more than 2,500 available at our depots before the start of the severe weather.

– Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways

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