Published: Sat, October 13, 2018

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

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

Prolonged heavy rain is expected across much of the country on Friday and again on Saturday.

"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.

According to Met Éireann, there's going to be further rain through Saturday. There are limited replacement buses but road closures are also likely.

The Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and the mainland was closed to all vehicles, and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road was also closed at Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff due to flooding.

Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and almost 100 were without power in south Wales.

The storm caused the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning for Wales as well as calls for evacuations on the south-west British coast.

Forecasters are warning of more of the same over the weekend, although some parts of England will escape the worst of the weather.

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.

"The rain is also of concern with a lot of it to come through 36 hours over Friday and Saturday, especially for western parts of England, south west Scotland and Wales".

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, has already recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours - way above the region's monthly total of 169mm.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "The wind gusts will approach 40-50mph across western parts of Scotland, Wales, western England and Northern Ireland".

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