Thousands without power as Storm Callum batters Ireland, UK

Calvin Saunders
October 13, 2018

The warning for wind is in place across Wales and the north west until midnight tonight - with Wrexham also covered in the Met Office warning.

Storm Callum lashed Ireland with winds of up over 120kmh last night and there are fears that similar conditions are on the way for the weekend.

An orange level warning has been issued by Met Éireann for coastal counties with a yellow level warning in place for Longford and the rest of the midlands at the moment.

The highest gust so far is 124 kph in Belmullet at 7am Friday, October 12.

The Met Office said that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life".

Winds of more than 70mph have buffeted the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain along with torrential rain.

Despite there being no weather warning now in place for Wrexham on Saturday, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout most the day.

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Some areas of Wales and parts of Scotland could get a further 50mm to 80mm of rain on Saturday.

Thousands of homes are without power this morning after Storm Callum brought very strong winds and heavy rain overnight.

. Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

Strong winds could potentially bring down leaves and branches, increasing the likelihood of flooding due to blocked drains or culverts.

Flooding is expected in parts of south west England, with two flood warnings in place, while people are advised to "be prepared" as flood alerts are in place in west south west and north of England, the Environment Agency said.

"Accompanying high tides will be big waves and we could see coastal impacts from those and inland impacts from those strong winds as well".

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

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