Friday, 16 November, 2018

What can we expect when Storm Callum hits Scotland?

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Ellis Copeland | 12 October, 2018, 17:36

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.

In the Republic, where Storm Callum was set to first make landfall, a national emergency co-ordination group met yesterday for a briefing on the dangers posed by the intense weather system.

Areas of high ground will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.

Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption.

Around 30,000 households have been left without power in Ireland, as Storm Callum lashes towards the UK.

The Capital and the surrounding areas can expect heavy rain later on in the evening however, Edinburgh could miss much of the storm.

The strongest winds will be today, one bout this morning and another later this afternoon.

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According to the forecasters: "Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills, with large waves an additional hazard".

Both Met Éireann and Midland Weather Channel have issued severe weather warnings ahead of Storm Callum's arrival in Ireland tonight.

They tweeted: "Currently we are not experiencing any weather related interruptions to flights but as the weather is expected to deteriorate later this evening please keep a watchful eye on weather updates later and your airline's website".

NRW has also advised people to take extra care will driving, to avoid walking or driving through any flood water, and to avoid fast flowing rivers and streams.

Where flooding may occur there is a chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

While heavy rain is expected to continue into Saturday, the wind is now forecast to ease off by Friday evening.

Met Office Shawbury said wind was expected to pick up on Friday along with outbreaks of rain.

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