Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

The National Emergency Coordination Group is meeting today to prepare for the arrival of Storm Callum.

A police spokesman said: "Police Scotland is advising that conditions for travel in the areas mentioned above may be hazardous and extra caution should be exercised".

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "The wind gusts will approach 40-50mph across western parts of Scotland, Wales, western England and Northern Ireland".

While on Saturday there is a "danger to life" alert over potential flooding due to rain covering Lothian and Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Hundreds of homes and businesses experienced power loss over night in Northern Ireland last night, while in the Irish Republic multiple faults were reported by network operator ESB.

An orange level warning has been issued by Met Éireann for coastal counties with a yellow level warning in place for Longford and the rest of the midlands at the moment. There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day.

On Friday afternoon SEPA had two flood warnings and ten flood alerts in place.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe has been outlining what's expected here.

At the moment, it's looking like Callum's strongest winds will stay offshore. That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

Parts of Wales and the south west of England may experience flooding, but the south-east of England and East Anglia will be spared the rain.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the North West on Saturday 13 October.

The torchlight procession for the Dunoon Mod 2018, due to take place on Friday evening, was cancelled due to the weather. The low centre may drift further west and the winds will not be as strong.

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