Storm Callum may signal start of weekend wash-out

Storm Callum may signal start of weekend wash-out

Storm Callum may signal start of weekend wash-out

Thousands of homes are without power this morning after Storm Callum brought very strong winds and heavy rain overnight.

"Storm Callum" is the third storm of the 2018/19 season, with the strongest winds likely to hit western Ireland, although North Western parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.

The highest speeds were recorded on the Isles of Scilly in the early hours of Friday morning, while 60mph gales were recorded in Camborne in Cornwall and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

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.

Weather forecaster Nick Miller warned that although winds should ease overnight, there is a high risk of flooding with some parts of the United Kingdom set to be drenched in several inches on rain.

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is an intense area of low-pressure passing to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday.

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

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

An amber warning for rain remains in place for parts of south Wales until 6pm with further flooding and power cuts expected.

There have also been reports across the country of fallen trees and roads being blocked.

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".

Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: "There will be more wet and windy weather for similar parts of the country - predominantly western areas - which could cause more flooding". The high winds, combined with heavy rain, could see leaves and twigs blocking drains, making flooding more likely, Mr Burkhill said.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is probable across south Wales on Friday and Saturday and is possible elsewhere in Wales and parts of western England".

Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, was expected to escape the worst of the storm.

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