Published: Fri, October 12, 2018

Storm Callum: Severe gusts expected in North West this morning

Storm Callum: Severe gusts expected in North West this morning

Yellow weather warnings for wind are in place for southwest Scotland, northwest and northeast England, southwest England, Wales, Yorkshire and Humber.

The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday, with yellow Met Office weather warnings for wind and rain now in place for Friday and Saturday.

The Met Office has now issued a yellow warning for blustery conditions towards the end of the week on Friday.

The Met Office said that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life".

South Wales will get up to a month's worth of rain on Friday and Saturday, and double that in high and exposed locations.

On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

The Road Safety watchdog advises road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The Isles of Scilly recorded the most ferocious winds as the third named storm of the season passed through Wales, south-west England, and north-west England, while 60mph gales were recorded in Camborne in Cornwall and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Train cancellations will affect those travelling the Shrewsbury to Aberyswyth line through Mid Wales all weekend.

Gary White, NRW's Duty Tactical Manager, said: "The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves".

Director Stephen Stewart said: "Even though power cuts are rare, during times of heavy rain and flooding they become more likely".

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

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