Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

Larry Hoffman
October 11, 2018

There is also a yellow warning of heavy rainfall for the north of England and parts of Scotland on Saturday.

"Netweather Forecaster Jo Farrow said" Storm Callum is expected to bring very strong winds to western Britain and Northern Ireland during Friday morning, lasting for NW Scotland into the afternoon.

The caution is due to come into effect on Thursday, October 11 at 10pm and will remain in place until noon on Friday.

A storm that's been dubbed "Callum" will pass to northwest of the United Kingdom on Friday, bringing winds of up to 70mph and a prolonged downpour that will create hazardous conditions across the country.

"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday". There is a chance of gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles during Friday afternoon and evening. Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides, there is a risk of some coastal flooding. Again, areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely. Spray and flooding is also likely to lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted. Fallen leaves will lead to blocked drains and flooding issues.

"Certainly, we will have some localised flooding in the east, but the biggest problems will be in the south and west", Ms Cusack continued.

The winds will pick up and there'll be gales down many western coasts, with top gusts expected to reach 70mph in Western Scotland, the closest area to the centre of the low pressure. Additionally, there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at or by calling 0345 988 1188.

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