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Storm Callum: Wales has been hit by the worst flooding in 20 years

South Wales has suffered the worst floods in more than 20 years as Storm Callum continues to raid the UK.

A man died after getting into trouble on Friday night at the Marina of Penarth in the Glamorgan Valley when the storms hit.

But a spokesman for Penarth Coastguard told Sky News that the 32-year-old's death was not due to the weather.

A man died after falling in Penarth Marina, South Wales. Photo: Penarth Coast Guard
A man died after falling in Penarth Marina, South Wales. Photo: Penarth Coast Guard

The police said the 32-year-old man and a woman, 35, were dragged out of port by the Coast Guard and the fire department on Friday night.

They were both brought to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, but the man from Penarth died shortly thereafter.

It came when the west of the UK was hit hardest by the rains, with parts of South Wales being the worst hit as rivers burst their shores and houses ran out of electricity.

There are currently 28 flood warnings in South Wales with another 39 flood warnings due to heavy rains.

A car stranded in high tide in Tonna near Aberdulais in South Wales.
Floods have affected the inhabitants of the village of Tonna in South Wales

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Strong winds and heavy rains have not stopped the people of Portland from enjoying themselves.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for all of Wales until 11:59 pm on Saturday night.

People were told to stay alert as the rains continue to increase.

Powys has had the most rain from any part of Wales in the last 48 hours, seen 20cm. The October average for the area is about 14.6 cm.

One of the hardest hit areas was the village of Aberdulais in Neath Port Talbot, where residents had to leave their homes due to rising water levels amid reports of the worst floods in 20 years.

In the floodwaters of Pontargothi in West Wales about 100 sheep were washed away. The police appealed to anyone who "washed any sheep anywhere" to call them.

In the town of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons National Park, where the Usk overflowed its banks, some plots of land were flooded with up to 4 feet of water in the meantime.

The pub landlord Howard Baker told Sky News, "The water was rising very fast and the emergency services pumped it out.

"The bar, restaurant area and kitchen are all gone, in the worst case we had 3ft-4ft of water."

Simon Prince of South Powys Fire and Rescue told Sky News that roads and bridges have been closed and that such floods have not been seen in the area for up to 12 years.

"These are the extremes we are dealing with," he said.

A few miles away near Abergavenny, meadows are flooded with water.

Liz Sullivan, 72, who was at the Llanfoist Bridge, said: "It's like looking at the sea – I've never seen the flood so high – you can only see the tops of the picnic tables in the pub beer gardens. "

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus has already recorded 18.2 cm of precipitation in just 48 hours – well above the 16.9 cm monthly total.

Police from Dyfed-Powys said some roads have been shut down due to a significant amount of stagnant water.

The old rectory hotel in Llangattock
South Wales was hit by heavy rains. Picture: Old rectory Hotel

In North Wales, a wind of 77 kilometers per hour has been registered, and major roads and railroads are causing widespread disturbances.

And in Cardiff, some of the paths from Cardiff Bay are flooded.

Some parts of southern and eastern Britain remained completely dry and dry in the mid-1920s.

Donna Nook in Lincolnshire reached 26.5C, making it the warmest October day in seven years, the Met Office said.

There were also flood warnings for Herefordshire and Cumbria, as well as two in Scotland.

Rail services were plagued by delays, with weather conditions between Preston and Scotland, across Wales and southwest England being severe.

There is also a yellow warning for more heavy rains in large areas of western Britain, covering much of the rest of Wales, as well as parts of Scotland and the Northwest and Southwest.

On Saturday, Torrential rains and winds of more than 70mph buffed the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Great Britain.

Thousands of households were left without power and dozens of flights were established.

A train in Penrhiwceiber in the Welsh Cynon Valley was stranded as water flooded the tracks.

On Sunday it gets wet in England and Wales, with sunshine and only a few showers in other places.

Monday looks good for most, but another rain wave will go east on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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