Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Emergency Teams Meet To Prepare For Storm Callum

UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area
Leonard Rios | 12 October, 2018, 06:23

The Met Office has issued a weather warning with 80mph gale-force winds and heavy rain forecast for later this week as Storm Callum hits the UK.

Storm Callum is expected to bring torrential rain and winds of up to 70 miles per hour to parts of the United Kingdom on Friday.

Storm Callum is now experiencing what is know in the world of meteorology as "bombogenesis", where by a system deepens by more than 24hPa inside a 24hr period.

The remainder of the country is covered by a Status Yellow Wind Warning and will remain in place until 9am Friday.

Spray and flooding is also likely to lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

The Met Office said that "leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

A yellow warning for wind is in place across the west coast of Scotland, including Glasgow and parts of the central belt, throughout Friday.

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"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday".

A Status orange warning for wind in Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Meath and Waterford has been extended from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning.

Train services between Swansea and Carmarthen are being suspended during parts of Friday because of Storm Callum.

Meanwhile high tide is due to occur at 7.45am tomorrow, and is expected to coincide with storm surges and low atmospheric pressure, leading to concerns of flooding in the area of Galway Harbour, Spanish Parade, and the Fishmarket.

Speaking this morning, Met Éireann meteorologist Harm Luijkz said tonight is to become "very windy as Storm Callum arrives".

"Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe".

"Though the winds will ease down by late morning/forenoon, a sting in the tail will follow, with a deterioration likely again later, as the trailing waving weather front potentially feeds up further pulses of heavy rain from the south, with the possibility of a further core of severe southerly gusts for south, southeast and east coasts towards evening".

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