More than 30 flood alerts issued as Storm Aiden hammers Wales

More than 30 flood alerts are in place across Wales today (October 31) as Storm Aiden continues to bring torrential rain and wind to the UK.

Named by the Met Eireann, the storm was predicted to unleash around 20-30mm of rain on Saturday, with 40-60mm across higher ground and as much as 80mm in the wettest places.

Already the storm has caused severe flooding in North Wales, after the River Conwy burst its banks on Friday.

Travel disruption was reported in areas of Gwynedd and Conwy after a number of roads were closed or badly flooded, including the A498 in Beddgelert and the A4086 in both directions from Pont Pen-y-benglog to Llanberis.



A flooded children’s play area in Gwydyr Park as the River Conwy bursts its banks on October 30, 2020 in Llanrwst, Wales
(Image: Getty Images)

Despite a weather warning for rain ending at 2pm on Saturday, another is due to come into force in Wales on Sunday as the remanants of ex-Hurricane Zeta sweeps the UK.

The warning is due to begin at 6pm on Sunday and last into the early hours of Monday.

As the weekend continues, the Met Office is warning that homes and businesses could become flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

Fast flowing or deep floodwater is is also possible, “causing a danger to life”, they said.



Another yellow weather warning for rain will come into force on Sunday (November 1)
(Image: Met Office)

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People should prepare for delays or cancellations to train and bus services. Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

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In the meantime, a yellow weather warning for strong winds continues on Saturday.

According to the Met Office: “A belt of very strong and possibly squally southerly winds will develop on Saturday morning with gusts of 60-65 mph, perhaps 70 mph on exposed coasts and hills.”

The strong winds are likely to cause leaves to fall from trees, increasing drainage problems and exacerbating flooding in some areas.

The latest forecast from Natural Resources Wales

As of Saturday afternoon, 34 flood alerts were in place across Wales.

According to the forecast from Natural Resources Wales, local flooding from rivers and surface water is probable across Wales and the Upper River Severn on Saturday.

“Land, roads and some properties could flood and there could be travel disruption,” they said.



Thirty-four flood alerts were in place across Wales on Saturday afternoon
(Image: Natural Resources Wales)

“Further flooding from rivers and surface water is then possible for Wales on Sunday and Monday and possible but not expected along the upper River Severn. Properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”

It’s possible – but not expected – that parts of the south and west coasts of Wales could see local coastal flooding over the weekend and into Monday.