Over 30000 left without power after Storm Callum batters Ireland overnight

Emmett Rice
October 13, 2018

Winds of up to 70mph are sweeping across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Friday.

In Camborne, Cornwall, gusts of 60mph were recorded and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire saw winds of 59mph.

Yesterday evening saw Met Éireann issue orange warnings for 13 counties with the arrival of Storm Callum last night.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind have also been issued across much of the west coast of the United Kingdom, from northern Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

Wales has been put on yellow and amber warnings, braced for between 5cm and 15cm of rain.

Heavy slow-moving rain is expected to affect Cumbria and parts of North West England and Wales.

He said that some high areas in south wales could see up to 200mm of rain by Sunday when the monthly total for the region is 169mm.

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.

The waves crash over Salthill promenade, Co Galway, during Storm Callum.

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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.

Holiday makers face a morning of travel chaos, with dozens of flights cancelled at Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast and Exeter airports.

Around 30,000 homes in Ireland, and 1,000 in Britain, were left without electricity after the storm began to batter the south-west.

Network operator ESB has reported multiple faults across the Irish Republic, with counties Cork, Kerry and Donegal among the worst hit.

"Winds will remain very strong on all coasts tomorrow Friday, with a second swathe of damaging winds possible across the southeast during late Friday morning and early afternoon", he added. That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages. But there had been no confirmation was open again by 10.30am.

Devon County Council Highways says there have been a number of fallen trees and is warning motorists to stick to the major roads.

The warning for wind is in place across Wales and the north west until midnight tonight - with Wrexham also covered in the Met Office warning.

Storm Callum battered Exmouth seafront.

Areas in the south and south west could see between 50 and 100mm of rain by the end of Friday, with as much as 120 to 160mm falling over high, south-facing ground.

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