Power cuts and school closures feared as Storm Callum arrives

Alamy Live News. PW1531 Portland Bill Dorset UK. 11th October 2018. The first major storm of the autumn arrives in south Dorset on the world famous Jurassic coastline at Portland Bill. The exposed peninsular of land feels the early stages of storm Call

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

ESB's Senior Press Officer Paul Hand said thousands of homes and businesses are without power due to damage to power lines.

The rain combined with 70mph that hit the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain also caused flights to be grounded yesterday and this could continue to be a problem.

Hundreds of homes are without power after winds of up to 76mph battered Western parts of the United Kingdom last night.

Joanna Donnelly of Met Éireann said the strong winds will continue on west coast but will ease slowly inland.

Flights were cancelled at Cardiff, Newquay, Exeter and Belfast airports on Friday morning.

Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: 'There will be more wet and windy weather for similar parts of the country - predominantly western areas - which could cause more flooding.

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Yellow warnings for rain and wind have also been issued across much of the west coast of the United Kingdom, from northern Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

The Met Office said the storm could "cause danger to life" as rivers rise and floodwater damages buildings and forces the closure of roads. That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

The MET Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area and says people can expect delays to their journeys.

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales".

One part of south Wales, the Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours - way above the monthly total for the region of 169mm.

The storm is set to give "further severe and locally damaging wind gusts" to the northwest of the country Friday, with gradually moderate winds elsewhere.

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

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