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Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

12 October 2018

Storm Callum came and, as of Friday afternoon/evening, will have left without too much bother.

Storm Callum has been upgraded from a yellow to an amber weather warning, which will cover a large part of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.

The yellow warning has been issued for strong gusts of wind up to 60mph - and up to 70mph in exposed and hilly areas - which would be coupled with very heavy rain.

"Further warnings were being considered later Friday across parts of the south and east, with the risk for another swathe winds and rain", according to Met Éireann.

The Met Office said that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life".

Areas of high ground will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.

"Now we've already got the rain and the gusty winds coming in from the west, gusts currently about 50-60 miles per hour".

"So do watch out for potential flooding impacts".

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, he said they anticipate the number of power outages to increase as the storm moves northwards. "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".

SEPA said that high tides are expected to affect the area Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire and Arran and Skye and Lochaber in particular, due to "a storm surge and large waves" associated with the storm.

Rain will then hit Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, becoming increasingly heavier into the evening.

A storm that's been dubbed "Callum" will pass to northwest of the United Kingdom on Friday, bringing winds of up to 70mph and a prolonged downpour that will create hazardous conditions across the country.

"Preparations are well underway to ensure we have engineers and equipment and customer care teams on hand to respond to faults should they come in".

Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight