Storm Callum arrives Friday

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2018

Will Lang, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts..."

Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.

The highest winds have been recorded in England were 76mph in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

"Further warnings were being considered later Friday across parts of the south and east, with the risk for another swathe winds and rain", according to Met √Čireann.

'We've got a wind warning which covers all the western side of the UK.

Around 950 homes in south West England and almost 100 in south Wales have also lost electricity.

Some flights were cancelled at Cardiff and Exeter airports on Friday morning, while rail passengers in Wales and the south-west of England were warned of disruption to services due to high winds.

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The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning to amber for South Wales and is warning of possible flooding, power cuts and road closures.

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales".

As part of the preparations, flood prevention measures were taken in a number of coastal areas.

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.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

It comes on top of a yellow Met Office warning for high winds and heavy rain across most of the country.

But it is set to escape the worst of Storm Callum, remaining "quite dry" and with temperatures up to 24C (75F).

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