Storm Callum to hit Pembrokeshire

Toby Graves
October 13, 2018

As the storm continued to move eastward, the UK Met Office issued an amber rain weather warning in areas of southern Wales, with 40-80 mm of rain expected and a yellow status warning for southern England as the UK braces for the storm to hit.

Several hundred homes have been without power as Storm Callum batters Northern Ireland.

Yellow Met Office warnings are in place for wind and rain in the Highlands and Islands and Strathclyde areas throughout Friday.

The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

A status-orange weather warning is issued by Met Éireann for wind speeds that have the capacity to produce unsafe and stormy conditions that may constitute a risk to life and property.

Storm Callum will pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday, according to the Met Office.

On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain. Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

ESB's Senior Press Officer Paul Hand said thousands of homes and businesses are without power due to damage to power lines.

"Natural Resources Wales has issued flood alerts for the Pembrokeshire coast due to a low pressure system bringing tidal surges, strong winds and large waves on top of high astronomical tide period" he continued.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk".

Ms Warrell said: "The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves".

"Further warnings were considered across parts of the south and east later Friday, owing to another swathe of wind and rain".

"With the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding".

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