Weather warning upgraded as Storm Callum nears


Met Éireann has named an intense area of low-pressure, which will pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday, Storm Callum.

A yellow warning for wind is in place across the west coast of Scotland, including Glasgow and parts of the central belt, throughout Friday.

As the Storm Callum clean-up continues in Wales, commuters have been warned of possible Monday morning disruption - although most major roads and rail routes have reopened.

Again, areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.

"Storm Callum brought wind gusts as high as 86 miles per hour to Capel Curig in the northwestern portion of Wales", said meteorologist Brian Donegan.

"South Wales in particular is a cause for concern, with an amber warning in force", Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned.

People avoid the waves on Salthill promenade Co Galway during Storm Callum
Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area

Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

This warning is in place until 23.59pm tonight and now covers the north and west of the region, with a yellow warning for rain also in place for the north until 23.59pm tonight.

The A484 between Carmarthen and Cardigan is also blocked in several places - at Cenarth, Llechryd, Cynwyl Elfed and Newcastle Emlyn - after the River Teifi burst its banks. Observe closures and warning signs and never risk driving through flood water.

Train services between Preston and Carlisle have resumed after being cancelled due to "severe weather" on Saturday - but passengers should still expect delays.

The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings across the south coast of England as well as more than 20 flood alerts.

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

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