Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

Clay Curtis
October 11, 2018

"Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts".

"Strong winds will be everywhere but they they will be strongest at the coast", she said, adding that the storm is out to the west of country by about 300km.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England".

"Additionally there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides".

Before all that happens Thursday will be a day of heavy rain in many places.

On Wednesday morning, Met Éireann issued a status orange weather warning for six counties as the storm makes its way to Ireland.

Storm Callum is set to hit the United Kingdom later this week, bringing heavy rain and gale-force winds up to 80mph, as the Met Office says there is a danger to life.

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Director Stephen Stewart said: "Even though power cuts are rare, during times of heavy rain and flooding they become more likely". There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills.

Areas in the south and south west could see between 50 and 100mm of rain by the end of Friday, with as much as 120 to 160mm falling over high, south-facing ground.

Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption.

There is the risk of localised flooding, tricky conditions on the roads with surface water and spray.

"The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which may increase autumnal leaf fall and potential for blocked drains/culverts, heightening the potential for flooding".

Mean (sustained) wind speeds - Gales 39-46mph.

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