Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

BREAKING Storm Callum officially named as Weather Warnings upgraded to Orange for many areas

BREAKING Storm Callum officially named as Weather Warnings upgraded to Orange for many areas

Strong winds are expected to arrive across Northern Ireland during Thursday night, continue to spread by Friday morning. One for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, and Kerry is in place from 10pm on Thursday until 12 noon on Friday.

Issued this morning at 10:00am, the warning for these counties will be valid from tomorrow night at 10:00pm through to Friday morning at 9:00am.

Northern Ireland is set to be hit with winds of speeds up to 70mph on Friday with the arrival of Storm Callum.

Weather warnings issued from the Met Office.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said strong winds would be followed by a period of heavy rain sweeping up from the south east, with the possibility of flooding.

Ireland will bear the brunt of the storm, but gusts of 80mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with up to 10cm of rain falling.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected to hit the area, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves. Expect the unexpected. Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

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Arriva is also cancelling services between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog on both Friday and Saturday.

Coats on the south and west of the country are expected to be the worst affected by the storm, worth risks of heavy flooding and structural damage.

A National Emergency Coordination group has now been set up in order to deal with the storm.

Rain will then hit Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, becoming increasingly heavier into the evening.

"We would urge drivers to take care in wet conditions".

"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".

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.

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