Advice from Wicklow County Council as the country prepares for Storm Callum

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2018

The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is expected to slowly move northwards on Saturday, with the focus of heaviest rainfall slowly moving away from south Wales but increasingly into parts of Scotland.

Widespread travel disruption and flooding is predicted across the country as conditions deteriorate from Thursday into Friday morning, with a series of Met Office weather warnings already in force.

Higher wind speeds will impact all areas of the province, with exposed coasts and hills the worst affected.

At 7pm, they issued three separate Orange Wind warnings for various counties across Ireland.

Residents are being urged to take precautions of flying debris and some "damage" to buildings and rooftops. Vehicles were stranded roads were submerged in Oban, while several landslips blocked the A83 in Argyll.

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation. "We're likely to see the effects of Storm Callum coming in from Friday morning".

Arriva Trains Wales is closing rail lines because of the storm threat.

Saturday is then set to see persistent and heavy rain, particularly through the morning.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England".

Localised coastal/tidal flooding is probable on Friday along the south Wales coast and is also possible for west Wales, the Wye estuary, and some north-west and south-west coasts of England.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned that weather conditions at sea could also cause flooding with large waves, strong winds and a tidal surge.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Director Stephen Stewart said: "Even though power cuts are rare, during times of heavy rain and flooding they become more likely".

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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