Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Danger to life' as Storm Callum triggers flood warnings

'Danger to life' as Storm Callum triggers flood warnings

Meanwhile winds of 50 to 60mph are expected widely in warning area, with gusts expected to peak at 70mph in the most exposed parts.

A man avoids the waves at Salthill promenade, Co Galway during Storm Callum on Friday October 12, 2018.

A Met Office amber warning - the second highest - is still in place for heavy rain in South Wales until 6pm tonight after starting on Friday.

Storm Callum is expected to bring heavy showers between 12am - 11.45pm.

"The rain is also of concern with a lot of it to come through 36 hours over Friday and Saturday, especially for western parts of England, south west Scotland and Wales".

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

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"Despite the breezy conditions, temperatures could reach well above average into the mid-20s". There will also be heavy and persistent rain across a swathe of Britain leading to flooding and further disruption.

Paul Hand of ESB Networks said 30,000 homes and business were without power, but he anticipated this figure increasing as the storm moves north. We have already seen this impact on the roads and we could see more flooding as the rain flows down from the mountains.

'Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important'.

Ireland's weather service Met Éireann issued a status orange warning last night, as winds of 110km/h caused Aer Lingus to cancel a number of flights due to depart this morning.

Those planning to travel ahead of the weekend should note there may be significant disruption following the storm.

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is the third named storm of the season to hit the UK.

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