Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches

Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches

A Status orange warning for winds is in place for Cork and Kerry from 10pm on Thursday.

Widespread travel disruption and flooding is predicted across the country as conditions deteriorate from Thursday into Friday morning, with a series of Met Office weather warnings already in force.

The Met office have issued a yellow weather warning as Storm Callum brings a spell of heavy and persistent rain for tomorrow.

"Although the winds will be strongest at the coast they will also be strong inland too, with gusts expected of up 100 km and hour".

There are now five weather warnings in place as the storm apporaches, including four status orange warnings and a status yellow warning.

The spokeswoman said: "The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is expected to slowly move northwards on Saturday, with the focus of heaviest rainfall slowly moving away from south Wales but increasingly into parts of Scotland".

Also issued by Met Eireann at 10:00am this morning, this warning will be in effect for the longer time of 10:00pm tomorrow night through to 12:00pm on Friday.

After the worst of the wind has swept the country, the tail-end of Hurricane Leslie will bring rainfall, raising the prospect of coastal and river flooding.

Cllr John Campbell says areas of South Donegal which have been prone to flooding in the past owing to high tides could still be vulnerable. "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".

Storm Callum is now swirling off the southwest coast and will deepen rapidly over the course of the next 12 hours, according to Midland weather expert Cathal Nolan.

"On Friday, the winds will ease somewhat in many areas during the morning, becoming fresh or strong southerly".

Winds that could top 80mph are forecast to batter western Scotland on Friday followed by downpours across more of the country on Saturday. There is the potential for flooding in these areas.

"We are advising people to avoid coastal areas during this event".

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