Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

13 October, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Yesterday evening saw Met Éireann issue orange warnings for 13 counties with the arrival of Storm Callum last night.

Areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely.

The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

It is the third named storm of the season to hit the UK.

A zone of heavy rain associated with an intense weather system affecting western parts of the United Kingdom will become slow moving for a time, bringing prolonged rainfall and the potential for surface water flooding.

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

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A guest stoops to collect her hat that blew off in the wind as she arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and the mainland was closed to all vehicles, and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road was also closed at Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff due to flooding. 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. There are also reports of a fallen tree at the Milltown Road, Belfast.

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation.

Ferry services between Wales and Northern Ireland and Dublin have been suspended.

Arriva Trains Wales have warned passengers to expect further travel disruption and have published an amended timetable for Saturday.

The deluge poses a risk of communities being cut off by flooding. There are limited replacement buses but road closures are also likely.

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