Thousands without power as Storm Callum batters Ireland, UK

Arturo Kim
October 15, 2018

Heavy rainfall could present a risk to life, the Met Office said, as it issued a 36-hour amber warning for Wales where almost a month's rain could fall over 48 hours.

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is an intense area of low-pressure passing to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills.

Up to 5 inches (120-160 mm) of rain is possible over higher ground in the south and southwest of the United Kingdom, approaching the region's monthly average.

The high winds, combined with heavy rain, could see leaves and twigs blocking drains, making flooding more likely, Mr Burkhill said.

A 21-year-old man was killed after a landslip in Carmarthenshire and many homes and businesses were flooded.

Waterways Ireland has issued a warning to boat owners and members of the public as the storm approaches.

The strongest winds are likely in western Ireland, although North Western parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.

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"High tides are also near their peak, heightening the risk of coastal impacts due to large waves".

Large parts of South and West Wales were under water and police to stay off the road unless their journeys were absolutely necessary. Observe closures and warning signs and never risk driving through flood water.

Carmarthenshire bore the brunt of Storm Callum as parts of mid and west Wales were hit by the worst flooding for the last 30 years.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: "We could see up to 100mm of rain for some places (western parts) and the main area of concern is down across southern Wales".

As part of the preparations, flood prevention measures were taken in a number of coastal areas.

Franchise owner Ron Mounsey said: 'It is a very, very sad day for us as his employer but also the staff who worked with him'.

Natural Resources Wales will "review" the widespread "flooding issues".

Already there are delays and cancellations to train and bus services.

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