Storm Franklin: Gusts reach 80mph and heavy rainfall causes further disruption across Wales

A yellow weather warning is in place as Storm Franklin sweeps across Wales.

Trains have been cancelled and homes evacuated as Storm Franklin has made its presence felt across Wales.

The yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office has now expired as the storm clears the UK.

But Natural Resources Wales (NRW) currently has 9 flood warnings and 17 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Capel Curig in Conwy saw one of the highest wind gusts across Wales this morning, reaching 79mph.

Capel Curig in Wales experienced gusts of up to 79 mph. Credit: ITV Wales

Storm Franklin's wind and rain follows the disruption and damage of Dudley and Eunice, with weather forecasters saying it is the first time since 2015 that there have been three named storms in a week.

People living in Llandinam near Newton were evacuated from their homes on Sunday evening after the River Severn burst its banks.

Seven people were rescued from four houses when the water flooded across the A470.

Karl Lewis, the county councillor for Llandinam, said it was 'a complete nightmare' with one person needing to checked over by ambulance crews.

Entertainment venue Hobos in Bridgend saw Storm Eunice tear through the nightclub's roof on Friday. Late on Sunday, the rainfall saw the dance floor flood.

The owner Dean Whittaker says it is "a race against time" to rescue the equipment in the venue before bad weather returns.

"The weekend's rain has now soaked through the two floors and ruined all rooms of Hobos and into businesses below.

"With the roof now having zero resistance against the rain, it only takes around half an hour downpour to work its way in, causing more damage."

The staff are trying to move all equipment into storage before the next downpour. Credit: @hobosmusicvenue

Mr Whittaker says he has had many requests to set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of the repair work.

"We are unbelievably thankful for all your thoughts but at the moment we have no idea where we are in regards to finances to allow us to get back up and running.

We will only set a page up asking for generosity if we absolutely and desperately need to, thanks again for all of your kind comments and messages."

A homeowner on Cardiff's Cathedral Road is lucky to be alive after the storm felled a tree outside his home, crashing into the front rooms in his property.

He told ITV News that he was only in one of the rooms ten minutes before the tree collapsed into it.

National Resources Wales says the flood warnings are still in place as Sunday's rain fell on already saturated ground. 

They have also warned that trees, ground and power infrastructure also remain at risk as they have been weakened by continuous wind.

Network Rail have confirmed delays are expected across Wales' rail network throughout Monday and they have released pictures of their efforts to repair track and clear debris.

Bill Kelly route director at Network Rail told ITV Wales: "On some parts of the network, we have had to impose some speed restrictions and we are likely to see that for the next 24 hours."

Rail companies such as Transport for Wales and Great Western Railway are urging customers to plan ahead and check before they embark on travel.

  • Analysis from ITV Wales weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth

You don't need me to remind you that it's been a busy old time on the weather front. Three named storms in the space of a week but we are at last weather warning-free and the winds are easing. Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have done their worst. However, much of Wales remains on Flood Alert, with more rain in the forecast over the next few days. 

"I can't remember the last time we had weather like this"; you might think. But actually, think again.

Back in 2015, some bright spark somewhere decided that naming storms would be a good idea. If the storms were going to cause significant impact or damage, then giving them a name would make them more memorable. How right that person was! Because if you actually delve back into the history books, you'll find that the winters of 2013/14 were just as stormy, if not worse! But we didn't name them.. and so they're easy to forget! Who could possibly forget the destruction of Dennis just two years ago? The names, chosen by us, the British public, may not sound menacing but they have certainly been packing a punch. 

So what on earth is going on? 3 major storms in the space of a week is unusual, but not unheard of. One argument is that this demonstrates the effect of global warming on our climate... the predicted hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters seem to be showing their hand. But the cause of the horrendous conditions over the last week is down to our old friend the Jet Stream. In its (VERY) simplest form, the jet stream is a fast flowing air current, or band of strong wind that moves pressure systems around. Low pressure brings unsettled, wet and windy weather. Unfortunately the jet stream has been effectively parked across the UK over the last week or so, picking up low pressure systems from the Atlantic and sending them our way! 

There is a glimmer of hope that the jet stream will shift and by the end of the week things should settle down. And with just a few more weeks of meteorological winter to put up with, there's always the hope of something a little more Spring-like just around the corner! And boy do we deserve it!

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