Thousands without power after Storm Callum

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The National Emergency Co-ordination Group met yesterday for a briefing on Storm Callum.

In the Republic the power supplier has said around 30,000 customers have been cut off.

More than 1,000 homes and business are still without power across Northern Ireland after winds of up to 70mph battered the province. However, services into Dublin City centre are unaffected. Due to poor road conditions the Belfast Glider service may also be affected.

Aer Lingus said in a statement: "A number of flights on our European network have been cancelled on Friday 12 October due to #StormCallum".

The latest warnings come days after rain and strong winds brought flooding and transport disruption to parts of Scotland on Tuesday. Police are advising drivers to take care on the roads and exercise caution.

Storm Callum was striking parts of the United Kingdom on Friday morning with gale force winds of up to 76 miles per hour (120 kph) and torrential rain, leaving thousands of people without power across Ireland and the British Isles.

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Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders, said; "Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding".

Thousands of homes have experienced power cuts, mainly caused by falling branches and debris damaging lines.

The amber warning remains in place until 6pm on Saturday, while the broader yellow rain and wind warnings that include parts of north-west and south-west England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain in place until midnight on Friday.

Despite there being no weather warning now in place for Wrexham on Saturday, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout most the day.

The storm is wreaking havoc on travel arrangements, with certain flights being canceled on Friday morning at Cardiff and Exeter airports.

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