Met Office names intense low-pressure area - Storm Callum

Arturo Kim
October 12, 2018

Wicklow is one of the coastal counties that has been issued with an orange weather warning ahead of Storm Callum and residents are being asked to exercise caution as the storm advances.

The weather warnings are coming thick and fast and Met Éireann has even issued a scary "risk to property and life" statement.

Emergency teams are forecasting possible flooding at high tide just before 8am tomorrow.

A Status orange warning for wind in Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Meath and Waterford has been extended from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning.

Stay away from exposed coastal areas for the period of the ORANGE warning. Wind will be very strong. If it drifts further east, we would be in for stronger winds.

The Met Office's Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding".

Be aware of local conditions in your area; wind strengths can vary significantly from place to place (depending on direction and local topography).

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Callum is the third named storm of the 2018/19 season, following Ali and Bronagh which both camer in September.

The storm will blow in from the Atlantic and hit the United Kingdom early Friday morning. "There could be transport disruption to the air network, rail and roads".

A yellow wind warning is also in place for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary.

Meanwhile high tide is due to occur at 7.45am tomorrow, and is expected to coincide with storm surges and low atmospheric pressure, leading to concerns of flooding in the area of Galway Harbour, Spanish Parade, and the Fishmarket.

Shropshire is on the edge of the yellow warnings we have issued, with the most persistent and heaviest rain expected across Wales, north west England and south west England.

Be careful out there, folks.

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