Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

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

The deluge poses a risk of communities being cut off by flooding.

Storm Callum is now swirling off the southwest coast and will deepen rapidly over the course of the next 12 hours, according to Midland weather expert Cathal Nolan.

"Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds".

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

Met Eireann issued Status Orange weather warnings for 13 counties in the Republic - with high winds coinciding with high tides last night. The Warningsford Road, Banbridge is partially closed due to fallen trees, while there are also reports of a fallen tree on the Hillsborough Road, Monyreagh. Further strong winds may bring down leaves and branches, increasing the likelihood of flooding due to blocked drains or culverts.

Road and rail users have been warned to expect disruption and delays.

Natural Resources Wales' (NRW) have said they are sending out their emergency response teams to prepare for the storm, checking that flood defences are in good working order, clearing gulleys and ditches, and installing temporary defences.

"This evening and tonight it will become very windy with strong to gale force southeast winds, associated with storm Callum", according to the national forecaster.

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

Cloud is set to increase again through the early afternoon, with further occasionally heavy rain spreading north.

'We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland, ' Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

If flooding does occur there is a chance that trains or bus services could be cancelled.

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