Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

A council worker erecting flood barriers in the city ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum

A council worker erecting flood barriers in the city ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum

Wicklow is one of the coastal counties that has been issued with an orange weather warning ahead of Storm Callum and residents are being asked to exercise caution as the storm advances.

The orange weather warning is in place from 10pm tonight until Friday morning and is being described as a "very serious weather event".

Widespread travel disruption and flooding is predicted across the country as conditions deteriorate from Thursday into Friday morning, with a series of Met Office weather warnings already in force.

THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for much of the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Callum threatens to strike.

"Although the winds will be strongest at the coast they will also be strong inland too, with gusts expected of up 100 km and hour".

On Thursday afternoon, just before 2pm, Met Éireann issued an updated warning for five counties: Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare.

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning to amber for South Wales and is warning of possible flooding, power cuts and road closures. There is a high risk of flooding and damage in coastal areas.

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High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast. Fallen leaves will lead to blocked drains and flooding issues.

The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, when a further Yellow Weather Warning is in place.

However, it is Friday (October 12) which will see the full force of Storm Callum.

NRW has also advised people to take extra care will driving, to avoid walking or driving through any flood water, and to avoid fast flowing rivers and streams.

The forecaster's Atlantic rain charts reveal that Friday's storm will be followed by some heavy rain on Saturday with the next belt following early next week.

Ms Donnelly said there would be a risk of flooding in places.

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