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Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

Northern Ireland is set to be hit with winds of speeds up to 70mph on Friday with the arrival of Storm Callum.

A Status Yellow warning will also come into effect for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary at 11pm tomorrow night and will reain in place until 9am Friday.

Much of the United Kingdom will experience some heavy rain on Friday, with further spells at times during Saturday, as Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the UK. 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. Quite widely 40 - 80mm rainfall is possible, but locally 160mm could fall on the highest ground.

"The first swathe of storm force winds will reach southern coastal counties between 23:00 tonight and 01:00 on Friday morning", said Mr Nolan.

"It's also important to remember when driving on exposed roads, such as a motorway, that your own vehicle could be re-directed by a sudden gust so you must make sure your focus is on the task of driving at all times".




Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted.

With the storm set to move north during Friday and Saturday, electricity distributor SP Energy Networks has issued advice in case of power cuts in North Wales.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Ireland will bear the brunt of the storm, but gusts of 80mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with up to 10cm of rain falling. Even though the high winds will be the main concern, a spell of heavy and possibly thundery rain will occur too, making for an extremely windy and wet start, with squally conditions associated with the secondary cold front as it tracks north-eastwards up across the country.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding or by calling 0345 988 1188.