Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches

Met Eireann issues status yellow warning with 'wet and very windy' weather expected

It will come into effect on Thursday, October 11 at 11pm and last until 9am the following morning.

Met Éireann has named an intense area of low-pressure, which will pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday, Storm Callum.

The third storm of the 18/19 season is set to bring heavy downpours and strong gales to Northern Ireland, with yellow weather warnings now in place in some areas.

Tayside and Fife could avoid the worst of Storm Callum, which is predicted to batter much of Scotland with 80mph wind and torrential rain in the coming days.

High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast.

Areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely.

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Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted. Spray and flooding is also likely to lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

The Met Office said that "leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

Natural Resources Wales' (NRW) have said they are sending out their emergency response teams to prepare for the storm, checking that flood defences are in good working order, clearing gulleys and ditches, and installing temporary defences.

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. "There could be localised flooding issues". There will also be spells of heavy rain, high tides and coastal flooding. Rain will clear to showers in Northern parts but further heavy rain is likely to spread into Southern and Eastern areas with the ongoing flooding risk.

Storm Callum will hit Cork, Kerry (both of whom were in the first warning), Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare (all of whom were in the second warning) and "Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground".

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