Winds reach 94mph as Storm Doris batters Wales

800 homes are without power in North Wales tonight, with the majority in Anglesey, after storm Doris swept across Wales yesterday.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said they had hoped to restore power to all properties by 5pm today.

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Railway 'closed until further notice' after Storm Doris damage

Network Rails says the Conwy Valley line will remain closed until further notice, after investigations revealed the extent of the damage caused by a tree falling on the line during Storm Doris last week.

Storm Doris hit Wales with gusts up to 94mph. Credit: Network Rail

The line has remained shut since Thursday 23 February, when a tree fell on the line and disturbed vegetation on the rock face next to the railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The line has remained shut since Thursday. Credit: Network Rail

We’re working hard to repair the rock face and get the line reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety of passengers and our workforce is our number one priority. Due to the challenging weather conditions following Storm Doris, we made the decision that it would be unsafe to access the site until a full assessment of the rock face had taken place.

The aerial investigation allowed us to assess the affected area safely, and we are now carrying out de-vegetation work on the rock face. Once this has been completed we will carry out a more detailed evaluation of the site and put an extensive repair programme in place.

– Chris Howchin, Network Rail Wales

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