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Over 30000 left without power after Storm Callum batters Ireland overnight

12 October 2018

The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday, with yellow Met Office weather warnings for wind and rain now in place for Friday and Saturday.

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

Torrential downpours and winds of up to 70mph over parts of the United Kingdom are on the way as Storm Callum signals a wash-out weekend for some.

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

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. In Northern Ireland, hundreds of homes and businesses experienced power loss.

Yellow weather warnings for wind are in place for southwest Scotland, northwest and northeast England, southwest England, Wales, Yorkshire and Humber.

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The Met Office is also warning of possible disruption to transport services.

Several vehicles have been damaged by falling trees in the Biddulph area of Staffordshire, trees have also blocked roads near Audley in Staffordshire and near Nantwich in Cheshire, police said.

Clare's Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly says the adverse weather is likely to impact driving conditions tomorrow morning.

Areas in the south and south west could see between 50 to 100mm of rain by the end of Friday, with as much as 120 to 160mm likely over high, south-facing ground.

A 36-hour amber warning for Wales has been issued where almost a month's rain could fall over 48 hours. That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding'.

"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".

Over 30000 left without power after Storm Callum batters Ireland overnight