Storm Pierrick sees road closures, 30 flood alerts and landslides – live updates

Storm Pierrick has brought heavy rain and high winds to parts of Wales in the wake of Storm Kathleen. On Tuesday morning (April 9), Natural Resources Wales had 13 flood warnings and 23 flood alerts in place, mainly in coastal areas.

There was also a Met Office weather warning for wind in place until 3pm. It said: “A spell of strong winds blowing from the northwest will affect this region on Tuesday. Initially arriving across southwest Wales, in the early hours of Tuesday, and reaching north Wales and northwest England during Tuesday morning.”

It was predicted that gusts would reach 40-50mph widely, with 60 or 65mph gusts expected for exposed coasts of west Wales overnight.

In Pembrokeshire, Dyfed-Powys Police urged motorists to avoid the area around the A487 at Penycwm after it was closed due to surface water. A landslide has closed the A4067 at Ystradgynlais and there are speed restrictions on the M48 Severn Crossing.

In England, more than 200 people have been evacuated in West Sussex after the River Arun burst its banks, amid warnings that “flooding may increase” throughout Tuesday.

The evacuations included around 180 people rescued overnight from Medmerry Holiday Park in Earnley and around 15 from Ferry Road and Rope Walk in Littlehampton, West Sussex County Council said. One person showing signs of hypothermia was taken to hospital.

The council said evacuations of “around 20 people” were under way on Tuesday morning from Bracklesham Caravan and Boat Club.

On the Great Western Railway, flooding between Clifton Down and Severn Beach means all lines are closed as water has risen above the tracks on the branch line.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’re continuing with one area of low pressure after another, which is mainly down to the fact that the jet stream is a bit further south than it would normally be at this time of year.”