Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Storm Callum: Flood defences fail and homes without power

Storm Callum: Flood defences fail and homes without power

SEPA said that high tides are expected to affect the area Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire and Arran and Skye and Lochaber in particular, due to "a storm surge and large waves" associated with the storm.

Much of the United Kingdom will experience some heavy rain on Friday, with further spells at times during Saturday, as Storm Callum passes to the north west of the UK.

The highest winds have been recorded in England were 76mph in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

Met Éireann has issued an updated Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo until 16:00 on Friday.

Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and almost 100 were without power in south Wales.

The strongest winds are likely in western Ireland, although North Western parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.

Winds of 50mph will batter Northern Ireland, southwest England and west Wales during Thursday night, spreading to Scotland by Friday morning.

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A yellow weather warning for wind was issued on Friday morning over the West Midlands, including Shropshire, to remain in place until midnight.

The treacherous conditions led to major disruption for travellers in the aftermath of Storm Callum on Friday, with several flights and ferry crossings cancelled.

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales". That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding'.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

Areas of high ground could see over 60 mm of rain in 12 hours with some exposed locations seeing as much as 100 mm by the end of the day.

Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, was expected to escape the worst of the storm.

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