Warning of heavy rain

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Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

In Northern Ireland, the Met Office has warned that "it's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves".

According to the forecasters: "Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills, with large waves an additional hazard".

Up to 5 inches (120-160 mm) of rain is possible over higher ground in the south and southwest of the United Kingdom, approaching the region's monthly average.

At this time of year the wind is also likely to cause more leaves to fall on the roads, which can block drains and increase localised surface flooding.

The Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and the mainland was closed to all vehicles, and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road was also closed at Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff due to flooding.

There are now no reports of power outages or trees down in Laois.

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Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation.

The weather has caused problems for a number of businesses and events in Northern Ireland.

Arriva Trains Wales have warned passengers to expect further travel disruption and have published an amended timetable for Saturday.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is to be meet at 3pm this afternoon to discuss preparations and response to the storm.

Around 950 homes in south West England and almost 100 in south Wales have also lost electricity. Due to poor road conditions the Belfast Glider service may also be affected.

Despite there being no weather warning now in place for Wrexham on Saturday, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout most the day.

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