Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Aquadam to be installed at Spanish Arch ahead of Storm Callum

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country
Charlie Simmons | 12 October, 2018, 00:29

On Wednesday, Met Éireann confirmed that Ireland would be battered by wind and rain from Storm Callum, issuing an orange wind warning for several counties and a yellow weather warning for others.

There is a wind warning in place from 3am to midnight on Friday, which covers Northern Ireland and parts of Western Scotland and warns of gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour in some places, with the potential for gusts of 70 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

A yellow rain warning is in place from 6am to midnight on Friday for heavy, slow moving, rain that will affect the North West, including Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire.

The third storm of the 18/19 season has just been named, with Storm Callum set to hit the North West with heavy rain and strong winds.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110kph and 130kph at coasts.

Met Éireann charts show that Storm Callum could be the start of a week of sustained stormy wet and windy weather.

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain across much of south Wales for tomorrow and Saturday. There will also be spells of heavy rain, high tides and coastal flooding.

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

"Despite clearance efforts by the Council, the high winds will increase the amount of falling leaves and block drains very quickly, exacerbating flooding" he warned. "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".

However, it is Friday (October 12) which is set to see the full force of Storm Callum, with increasing cloud which brings rain northwards through the afternoon.

While heavy rain is expected to continue into Saturday, the wind is now forecast to ease off by Friday evening. 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.

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