Strong winds and torrential rain are causing havoc across the country with police reporting a boat being sunk in Gourock after it was smashed against the metal railings on the shore.

High winds are being recorded all over the country with speeds of 93mph being noted in Aberdaron as the police advise motorists to take extra pre-cautions when driving.

Energy company Western Power Distribution said 4,000 of its customers had been affected by power cuts, spread in "small pockets" across east and west Wales.

A spokeswoman for the company told the BBC: "It's been a very busy day, they've dealt with around 45 high voltage faults, which is equivalent to a weeks worth of work in last 12 hours. Staff have been working throughout the night."

Elsewhere there has been a number of localised flooding reports with Wales being the worst hit.

BBC Wales weather forecaster Derek Brockway said that the "worst was over" but predicted more rain for Wednesday (January 4th).

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