This is what to expect when Storm Callum hits Northern Ireland

12 October, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Carlos George
  • Met Eireann issues status yellow warning with 'wet and very windy' weather expected

The agency said Saturday's warning for rain could see more than 120mm falling.

High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast.

Sandbags were distributed earlier today at the Square in Kinvara and at the council depot in Tonroe, Clarinbridge for homes and businesses vulnerable to flooding.

The Met Office said there will be strong winds and rainfall up to 10cm, leading to possible flooding and hard driving conditions.

"We could see rainfall totals building up quite a lot, 40mm-50mm (1.6in-2in) over higher ground".

"Preparations are well underway to ensure we have engineers and equipment and customer care teams on hand to respond to faults should they come in".

A Status Yellow warning will also come into effect for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary at 11pm tomorrow night and will reain in place until 9am Friday.

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Storm Callum will reach Britain's shores on Friday morning before it barrels across the country.

Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening.

A similar warning will be in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare between 12:00am tonight and 1:00pm tomorrow. There will also be spells of heavy and persistent rain bringing the risk of localised flooding for Wales, NW and SW England, Northern Ireland and again to western Scotland.

"This evening and tonight it will become very windy with strong to gale force southeast winds, associated with storm Callum", according to the national forecaster.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are also expected to hit Pembrokeshire, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

People should take action now to be prepared.

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

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