Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Storm Callum: Warning as heavy rain and wind continue to batter Lancashire

Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area Thousands without power after Storm Callum
Herman Weaver | 13 October, 2018, 22:47

Storm Callum has hit land in Scotland, causing disruption to road, rail and ferry travel.

The amber warning remains in place until 6pm on Saturday, while the broader yellow rain and wind warnings that include parts of north-west and south-west England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain in place until midnight on Friday.

Numerous warnings are for South Wales, with people being urged to stay alert as downpours could mean river levels continuing to rise.

Though peak winds have abated in most areas this morning, the aftermath of Storm Callum is still being felt around Ireland, and especially in coastal counties.

However, at the same time, parts of southern England including London could see temperatures soar up to 25C.

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus recorded an astonishing 182mm of rain in just 48 hours - far more than the monthly total of 169mm.

According to Met Éireann, there's going to be further rain through Saturday.

More than 1,000 homes and business are still without power across Northern Ireland after winds of up to 70mph battered the province.

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Coasts on the South and Western parts of the country are set to be most badly affected. The Met Office has warned that heavy rain is likely to cause flash floods and could present a risk to life.

We have seen a significant amount of rain over the last 24 hours and this will continue today.

"Here we could see up to 200mm or more in some localised area here and that could bring more flooding".

'Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important'.

The Met Office is advising people to take caution as the weather could cause power cuts, travel disruptions and flooding.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind have also been issued across much of the west coast of the United Kingdom, from northern Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

Overnight, police forces reported accidents on the roads due to surface water and fallen trees.

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is the third named storm of the season to hit the UK.

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