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Footfall on high streets down after day of severe weather

Retailers lose out as Storm Deirdre keeps shoppers away. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Severe weather across Wales has impacted retailers on what should have been a major pre-Christmas shopping day.

Footfall across UK high streets was down 9.1% according to retail analysts. It came on a day when the Met Office had three yellow weather warnings in place for most Wales.

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Areas of the country were without power on Saturday evening after strong winds brought down power cables. South Wales Police tweeted that the Cadoxton area was without power. Western Power said they were aware of power cuts in Haverfordwest.

Scottish Power Energy tweeted that a number of areas of north Wales are without power following "grounded power cables". Caernarfon, Holywell, Treffynnon, and Newtown have all been affected.

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The Met Office warned coastal roads and sea fronts would be affected by spray and large waves. A spokesperson said winds of more than 60mph were recorded in Aberporth in Ceredigion.

Ferry services between Pembroke and Rosslare were cancelled and delayed on Saturday. Areas affected by strong winds included:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Pembrokeshire

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Spray and flooding on roads caused travel disruption and delays. With a number of roads closed or blocked:

  • A477 on the Cleddau Bridge closed due to strong winds between Pembroke Dock and Neyland.
  • A4109 Heol Gaer reopened after earlier closure due to a fallen tree.
  • Lanes closed on the M48 in both directions between junction 1 and junction 2 due to high winds.
  • A487 towards Cardigan road closed in both directions due to fallen tree.

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A second yellow weather warning was in place for snow and ice for 24 hours from 9am on Saturday. The Met Office predicted some rural communities could be cut off by the weather. They are warning those travelling on foot to be cautious of potentially icy surfaces.