Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.

"There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves".

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

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 strong wind and torrential rain has prompted warnings of flooding and travel disruption across the UK.

Driving conditions will be hard, there is the risk of flooding.

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock have both said that their airline schedules are due to operate as normal but they urged passengers to check their flight status before setting off for the airport.

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The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is then expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, when a further yellow weather warning is in place.

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.

Wales has been put on yellow and amber warnings, braced for between 5cm and 15cm of rain.

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

South Wales will get up to a month's worth of rain on Friday and Saturday, and double that in high and exposed locations.

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

The south-east is expected to be blustery but stay "quite dry", with temperatures possibly reaching up to 24C (75F).

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