Storm Arwen: Thousands of homes left without power across Wales

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Storm Arwen has caused significant disruption across Wales with wind speeds of up to 90mph. Credit: PA

Storm Arwen has already caused significant disruption across the country after thousands of homes are left without power across Wales.

With winds of up to 90mph, Storm Arwen is the UK's first official storm of the winter season.

Around 28,000 customers are currently affected, mainly in Dee Valley, Mid and North Wales.

A spokesperson from SP Energy Networks said: “Storm Arwen has brought high winds, reaching 90mph in some areas, across our distribution networks over the course of last night.

“The storm brought down many trees and coupled with wind borne debris has caused significant damage to our overhead line network. Access is also being hampered by significant road closures in many areas.

“Our teams have been working throughout the night in these conditions to assess the damage to our network and reconnect customers where possible. They are continuing to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to our customers despite ongoing high wind speeds.”

The electricity company are advising customer's to report any power cuts, so that engineers can work to fix the issue as quick as possible.

Storm Arwen has left a trail of fallen trees, blocked roads and damaged buildings across North Wales.

Police have urged motorists to avoid travel if they can with warnings in place on a number of roads and bridges.

North Wales police said: ”Our joint control room with North Wales fire and rescue service in St Asaph is extremely busy. Please consider whether your call is an emergency or whether you can contact your local council for advice instead.”

Mobile phone coverage may also be affected by the extreme weather conditions.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the strong winds going into Saturday.

The storm has also affected travel with Transport for Wales suspending all routes and replacement road services.

Customers are being advised not to travel with the disruption expected to last until the end of Saturday 27 November.

Last night's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! saw its live segment cancelled for the first time in 19 years.

It was instead broadcast as a pre-recorded show as a way to take precautionary measures.

The celebrities stayed inside the secure castle and there are contingency plans in place to cover all weather conditions to ensure the safety of cast and crew.