Met Office issues weather with Storm Callum set to hit UK

Met Office issues weather with Storm Callum set to hit UK

Met Office issues weather with Storm Callum set to hit UK

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.

The Met Office's Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding". It is likely that Irish Sea ferries and those to the Scottish Islands will be impacted throughout Friday. There will be rough seas and large waves, making coastal areas risky. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds". There is a chance of gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles during Friday afternoon and evening.

Winds of 50mph will batter Northern Ireland, southwest England and west Wales during Thursday night, spreading to Scotland by Friday morning.

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

The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert from 6am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday for South Wales and is warning of hazardous conditions. And another for Saturday which covers more of Scotland.

Richard Brown, Pembrokeshire County Council's Head of Environmental Services and Public Protection, said that although Council staff would be working continuously to clear the roads, motorists would need to be vigilant. "Then those winds will pick up everywhere as the low pressure tracks north", said Ms Dillon.

The latest Storm Callum weather forecast from Met Éireann has warned of a severe impact.

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

Some CalMac ferry sailings were disrupted or cancelled because of the weather, including services from Mallaig and Armadale. Properties may flood and there is likely to be travel disruption. This is also set to elapse at 9am on Friday morning. Localised coastal/tidal flooding is probable on Friday along the south Wales coast and is also possible for west Wales, the Wye estuary, and some north-west and south-west coasts of England.

Winds will continue into tomorrow morning. Wind speeds will be higher in some coastal areas and on high ground.

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