Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

While heavy rain is expected to continue into the Saturday, the wind is now believed to ease off by Friday evening.

The warning for those counties is in place from Friday 12 October 2018 00:01 to Friday 12 October 2018 09:00.

Storm Callum is expected to bring gale force winds of up to 150 kmph with torrential rain.

Met Éireann have just upgraded the yellow weather warning to a Status Orange for 13 counties, as Storm Callum is officially named.

Strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides, will hit Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning, with coastal areas the worst affected.

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"Netweather Forecaster Jo Farrow said" Storm Callum is expected to bring very strong winds to western Britain and Northern Ireland during Friday morning, lasting for NW Scotland into the afternoon.

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.

"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday".

The Met Office said there will be strong winds and rainfall up to 10cm, leading to possible flooding and hard driving conditions. Fallen leaves will lead to blocked drains and flooding issues.

A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland. It means southern parts of Wales especially are at risk of being flooded.

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Wales and the North West could have the heaviest deluge.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned that weather conditions at sea could also cause flooding with large waves, strong winds and a tidal surge.

"We are urging people to take the necessary precautions", Ms Lowe said.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said strong winds would be followed by a period of heavy rain sweeping up from the south east, with the possibility of flooding.

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