RESIDENTS in Ceredigion and north Pembrokeshire are being urged to take care ahead of Storm Ciaran’s arrival as heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter the counties and could lead to flooding.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging residents to be alert for flooding as Storm Ciaran comes into the nation on Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for most of Wales – including Ceredigion and north Pembrokeshire – for Wednesday, November 1, for heavy rain and strong winds. The warning runs from 6pm on Wednesday until 11.59pm on Thursday night. It comes after parts of Cardigan saw some low-level flooding on the weekend.

There is a secondary weather warning in place for Thursday from 3am until 1pm for strong winds, with the Met Office categorising this as an amber warning. This covers part of the Pembrokeshire coast including St Davids but is not in force for Ceredigion.

Despite Storm Ciaran, the Met Office is predicting that there will be some sunny showers on Wednesday for Cardigan rather than just rain and gusts are expected to reach a high of 36mph.

At the time of writing, NRW does not have any active flood alerts for Ceredigion in relation to the storm, but they are updating every 15 minutes. Flood alerts are usually issued for all along the Pembrokeshire coast as well as across the rivers in north and west Pembrokeshire, the areas surrounding the lower River Teifi and the River Mwldan and the Ceredigion coast between Clarach and Cardigan. Up to date flood alerts and warnings can be seen at

At the time of writing, there is an active flood alert for the Lower Teifi which has been in place since early morning on Monday, October 30, but warning that from 4pm today – Tuesday, October 31 – there is adverse weather expected which could flood the low-lying land and roads surrounding the river.

A flood alert means that flooding is possible, whereas a flood warning means that flooding is expected. If a severe flood warning is issued, it means that there is expected to be significant disruption due to flooding as well as a threat to life.

NRW has issued the warning as the heavy rain could lead to issues with surface water and cause swollen rivers to rise quickly, with the potential to burst their banks. Large waves on coastal areas could also lead to some surface flooding due to the strong winds.

Katie Davies, duty tactical manager for NRW, said: “The current forecasted rain from Storm Ciaran could cause rivers to respond rapidly, especially across South Wales, and we are urging people to be aware and be prepared.

“Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important. You can check your flood risk and latest flood alerts and warnings on our website which is refreshed every 15 minutes. Keep an eye on @NatResWales on (X) Twitter for the latest information and listen to weather reports and local news for details of any disruption in your area.

“Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding, we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe too. We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers, and not to drive or to walk through flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and contains hidden hazards.”

NRW’s incident response teams are working with emergency responders and local authorities, ensuring that flood defences are in good working order, clearing gulleys and ditches and operating temporary defences where needed to help reduce the risk of flooding.

They are also urging people to be prepared and take extra care if needing to travel. Those in areas where flooding is a concern should move valuables and vehicles to higher locations ahead of the storm.

People can register for NRW’s free flood warning service at or by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188 and should check the flood warnings page mentioned earlier.