Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

Met Éireann named Storm Callum, which is an intense area of low-pressure passing to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday. The UK Met Office warned of "heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday" with "fast flowing or deep floodwater" likely which may cause "danger to life".

"South Wales in particular is a cause for concern, with an amber warning in force", Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned. The Severe Orange Warning has just recently been extended in time out to 18:00 on Friday for coastal areas of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Rail services to Drogheda, Dundalk and Belfast have been suspended because of a tree on the line at Donabate in Dublin.

Hundreds of homes and businesses experienced power loss over night in Northern Ireland last night, while in the Irish Republic multiple faults were reported by network operator ESB. The warning comes into affect from 5am on Friday lasting throughout the day until 9pm. If it drifts further east, we would be in for stronger winds. "Some roads and bridges may close".

The Met Office issued an amber warning across much of south Wales, advising residents to expect torrential rain and widespread disruption to travel from Friday morning until Saturday evening.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

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

And while Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, looks set to escape the worst of the storm, those charged with carrying any train on Princess Eugenie's dress may have a challenge on their hands, Ms Kent added.

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