Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

  • Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Strong winds are expected to arrive across Northern Ireland during Thursday night, continue to spread by Friday morning.

The third storm of the 18/19 season is set to bring heavy downpours and strong gales to Northern Ireland, with yellow weather warnings now in place in some areas. Bridges and more exposed road routes will also be affected.

"We are going to get very high winds followed by a lot of rain and there could be some coastal surge".

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 90 and 110 km/h at coasts.

On Saturday, heavy rain is expected across most of the country as it looks set to be a wet weekend.

There is a wind warning in place from 3am to midnight on Friday, which covers Northern Ireland and parts of Western Scotland and warns of gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour in some places, with the potential for gusts of 70 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

"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".

Tayside and Fife could avoid the worst of Storm Callum, which is predicted to batter much of Scotland with 80mph wind and torrential rain in the coming days. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

A zone of heavy rain associated with an intense weather system affecting western parts of the United Kingdom will become slow moving for a time, bringing prolonged rainfall and the potential for surface water flooding.

Authorities warn of travel being disrupted as bridges close and some public transport being cut.

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. Localised coastal/tidal flooding is probable on Friday along the south Wales coast and is also possible for west Wales, the Wye estuary, and some north-west and south-west coasts of England. "Land, roads and some properties may flood and there could be local travel disruption".