Storm Callum may signal start of weekend wash-out

Storm Callum is packing heavy rain and strong winds
Storm Callum is packing heavy rain and strong winds
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13 October, 2018

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is an intense area of low-pressure passing to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday.

So far, Galway has escaped the brunt of Storm Callum - with no reported power outages or major obstructions on the road network.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert from 6am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday for South Wales and is warning of hazardous conditions.

The main impacts on the United Kingdom will be heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.

Shropshire is on the edge of another yellow warning for rain, affecting the whole of Wales throughout Friday.

Areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely. Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

It said around 150 customers remained without power on Friday afternoon.

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Strong winds could potentially bring down leaves and branches, increasing the likelihood of flooding due to blocked drains or culverts.

The Met Office warned heavy rainfall moving in from the South West could present a risk to life and issued a number of weather warnings and flooding alerts around the country.

Around 950 homes in south West England and almost 100 in south Wales have also lost electricity.

There will be rain as well later in the night and combined with the stormy winds and high tides, coastal flooding is likely.

"This event is predominantly expected to be a coastal one, though the severe winds will extend to inland parts, especially overnight and very early on Friday morning", Met Éireann has added.

On Tuesday, heavy rain caused widespread floods and landslides in parts of Scotland.

Already there are delays and cancellations to train and bus services.


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