Thousands without power after Storm Callum

Leroy Wright
October 12, 2018

Torrential downpours and winds of up to 70mph over parts of the United Kingdom are on the way as Storm Callum signals a wash-out weekend for some.

"Those rainfall totals are really going to be mounting up, 40-60 mm, we could see up to 100 mm in the higher ground in the south of Wales in particular".

Passengers due to travel on Friday are being urged to check their flight status after Aer Lingus cancelled "a number" of flights due to the impending arrival of Storm Callum.

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

Winds will continue into tomorrow morning.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain across much of south Wales for tomorrow and Saturday.

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk".

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. 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.

NRW will issue flood alerts and warnings if rivers reach trigger levels, with teams monitoring river levels 24 hours a day.

"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. They also warn of potential power cuts, possible delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

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