Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

SCOTLAND faces a danger to life warning as Storm Callum complete with heavy downpours arrives in the country tomorrow.

Met Eireann issued the Status Orange warning for Galway on Wednesday evening ahead of Storm Callum which will hit Ireland on Thursday night.

It's warning southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground.

A Met Office spokesman said: "As Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the United Kingdom, a period of heavy rain will affect South Wales during Friday, with further spells of persistent and heavy rain at times during Saturday".

The highest gust so far is 124 kph in Belmullet at 7am Friday, October 12.

Some areas of Wales and parts of Scotland could get a further 50mm to 80mm of rain on Saturday.

Gusts of 50mph to 60mph could reach some places, with the chance of reaching 70 miles per hour around some coasts and hills.


The Met Office said some delays were likely to road, rail, air and ferry transport and that short term loss of power was possible in the Friday alert which lasts till midnight.

There was also bad news for commuters in south Wales, with Arriva cancelling a number of train services for the morning due to the high winds and heavy rain.

"Accompanying high tides will be big waves and we could see coastal impacts from those and inland impacts from those strong winds as well".

Sioned Warrell, Natural Resources Wales Duty Tactical Manager, said: "The rain could cause flooding, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves".

Met Office Shawbury said wind was expected to pick up on Friday along with outbreaks of rain.

Persistent rainfall and potential flooding have been predicted in Preston this weekend. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".


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