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

Yellow Met Office warnings are in place for wind and rain in the Highlands and Islands and Strathclyde areas throughout Friday.

The airport's spokesman said the wind has died down this afternoon, but advice to passengers is to continue to check the status of their flight with their airline.

Both Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall have also been closed throughout today due to the high winds.

The Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival had been set to take place on Saturday.

Much of the United Kingdom will experience some heavy rain on Friday, with further spells at times during Saturday, as Storm Callum passes to the north west of the UK.

Around 30,000 homes in Ireland, and 1,000 in Britain, were left without electricity after the storm began to batter the south-west.

The Environment Agency has issued four severe flood warnings across the south coast of England as well as 28 flood alerts.

The Met Office warned heavy rainfall moving in from the South West could present a risk to life and issued a number of weather warnings and flooding alerts around the country.

Friday's weather could impact travel plans during the morning commute, with Met office warning "road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible".

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales".

Sky's weather forecaster Kirsty McCabe said: "During Saturday, pulses of rain will slowly edge northwards into much of Scotland, while also affecting parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland. That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding".

One part of south Wales, the Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours - way above the monthly total for the region of 169mm.

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

Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, was expected to escape the worst of the storm. Northern Scotland could stay dry while the East of England could be seeing baking temperatures of 25C.

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