07/01/2014 09:56 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Aberystwyth University Students Ordered To Evacuate In Midst Of Storm (PICTURES)

Students were evacuated to safety on Monday and have been barred from returning to their seafront homes after hurricane-force winds battered homes and destroyed buildings.

Aberystwyth University helped its students flee their accommodation as the storm continued to wage destruction on the Welsh seaside town.

University staff posted several videos on YouTube giving students instructions, with many undergraduates seeking food and shelter in university buildings.

"Pack enough for an overnight bag in case you can't return," students were told. "Stay safe and stay away from the seafront."

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Photo gallery Aberystwyth after the storm See Gallery

Students were given the all clear on Tuesday to return to their homes, although Ceredigion Council now has a mammoth clean-up task on its hands. Exams have also had to be rescheduled, and students can find the new timetable here.