Winds in Dublin break the speed limit as Storm Callum arrives

Gwen Vasquez
October 14, 2018

Forecasters warned of heavy rain - up to four inches - and potential flooding in the wake of the storm.

Storm Callum has been upgraded from a yellow to an amber weather warning, which covers a large part of Pembrokeshire on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.

Storm Callum will continue to batter the United Kingdom today, with the weather system expected to cause further disruption across the country.

According to the Met Office, gusts of 50 miles per hour are likely with potential for gusts of 60 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

Strong winds saw speed restrictions imposed on many lines while flooding and falling trees also caused problems, with reduced Virgin services between London Euston, Birmingham New Street, and Edinburgh and Glasgow, and delays in Devon and Cornwall, Network Rail said.

According to Met Office forecast, heavy rain is due to hit Wearside later tonight, and continue for most of tomorrow. If you need to make a journey, check for road closures beforehand.

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"We would urge drivers to take care in wet conditions". Customers have been advised to avoid travelling in coastal areas where flooding and high waves pose a danger.

Storm Callum came and, as of Friday afternoon/evening, will have left without too much bother.

Natural Resources Wales' (NRW) have said they are sending out their emergency response teams to prepare for the storm, checking that flood defences are in good working order, clearing gulleys and ditches, and installing temporary defences. SEPA is expecting to issue a number of Flood Alerts for much of southern Scotland and the Central Belt over the next few days.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued five flood alerts for Friday in Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Skye and Lochaber and Orkney.

"There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves".

Severe weather was also recorded outside of Wales.

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