British Isles brace for Storm Callum as powerful gusts hit Ireland

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

Met Éireann issued a status-orange wind warning yesterday for 13 coastal counties and a status-yellow wind warning for 13 interior counties.

THE Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for later this week, predicting that an incoming storm could bring deep flood water.

The highest gust so far is 124 kph in Belmullet at 7am Friday, October 12.

There is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

Throughout Friday and Saturday, areas covered by the warnings could see between 50-100 mm on Friday and 50-80 mm on Saturday.

He warned that gusts of up to 40 or 50 miles per hour will be felt across western parts of Scotland, Wales, and western England throughout the day, with stronger gusts of 60 miles per hour possible along the Irish Sea coast.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk".

On Tuesday, heavy rain caused widespread floods and landslides in parts of Scotland.

It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by large waves and rough seas as high tides are near their peak.

Flooding is expected in parts of south west England, with two flood warnings in place, while people are advised to "be prepared" as flood alerts are in place in west south west and north of England, the Environment Agency said.

Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening.

Where flooding may occur there is a chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are also expected to hit Pembrokeshire, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

  • Marlene Weaver