Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Limerick council convenes Severe Weather Assessment Team as Storm Callum approaches

Limerick council convenes Severe Weather Assessment Team as Storm Callum approaches

Storm Callum brings with it a risk of flying debris and tiles blowing off of roofs.

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.

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides.

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.

Power cuts, travel disruption and hard driving conditions are also predicted, with yellow weather warnings for wind covering Northern Ireland and western parts of Wales, England and Scotland throughout Friday.

The Met Office warned homes and businesses could be subjected to flooding, while there's a chance of power cuts and loss of services.

"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday". Winds will be strongest overnight and early tomorrow, gusting between 110kph and 130kph on the coasts.

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A Status Orange wind warning for all coastal counties will be valid from later on tonight until sometime tomorrow (Friday, October 12).

Limerick City and County Council has crews on standby to deal with any serious issues as a result from Storm Callum.

"And for Wales and south-Wales in particular even more rainfall".

The national emergency group includes Met Éireann, local authorities, the ESB, OPW and government. Originally, the warning for these counties was to be observed from 11pm Thursday night until 1pm on Friday.

"We are advising people to avoid coastal areas during this event".

"Though the winds will ease down by late morning/forenoon, a sting in the tail will follow, with a deterioration likely again later, as the trailing waving weather front potentially feeds up further pulses of heavy rain from the south, with the possibility of a further core of severe southerly gusts for south, southeast and east coasts towards evening".

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