Friday, 19 October, 2018

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Met Eireann issues status yellow warning with 'wet and very windy' weather expected UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches
Faye Gross | 12 October, 2018, 03:28

Tayside and Fife could avoid the worst of Storm Callum, which is predicted to batter much of Scotland with 80mph wind and torrential rain in the coming days.

According to the Met Office, gusts of 50 miles per hour are likely with potential for gusts of 60 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings for the unsettled conditions that impact large parts of the country.

The Met Office has warned there is a chance of homes and businesses becoming flooded and that delays and cancellations of public transport are possible.

"The first swathe of storm force winds will reach southern coastal counties between 23:00 tonight and 01:00 on Friday morning", said Mr Nolan.

As well as this, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford also have an orange winding warning which says Storm Callum will bring South to southeast winds of between 100 and 130 km/h, strongest at the coast.

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The Met Office said there will be strong winds and rainfall up to 10cm, leading to possible flooding and hard driving conditions.

"We are going to get very high winds followed by a lot of rain and there could be some coastal surge". The focus of heaviest rainfall will remain across Wales, and move increasingly into parts of Scotland.

Power cuts, travel disruption and hard driving conditions are also predicted, with yellow weather warnings for wind covering Northern Ireland and western parts of Wales, England and Scotland throughout Friday.

Edinburgh will then see heavy rain continuously throughout the day on Saturday, only easing towards late evening. "Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage".

Sioned Warrell, Natural Resources Wales Duty Tactical Manager, said: "The rain could cause flooding, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves". There is the potential for flooding in these areas.

The rain is accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.

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