Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

BREAKING Storm Callum officially named as Weather Warnings upgraded to Orange for many areas

On Saturday, heavy rain is expected across most of the country as it looks set to be a wet weekend.

Storm Callum is expected to bring gale force winds of up to 150 kmph with torrential rain.

Storm Callum, which was named on Wednesday, will also bring with it a downpour of rain on Saturday - which could cause flooding across the local area.

There are now five weather warnings in place as the storm apporaches, including four status orange warnings and a status yellow warning.

An orange weather warning will be in place for all coastal counties from 10pm, and will be valid until tomorrow morning.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain across much of south Wales for tomorrow and Saturday.

Areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely. There is the risk of localised flooding, tricky conditions on the roads with surface water and spray.

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On Wednesday morning, Met Éireann issued a status orange weather warning for six counties as the storm makes its way to Ireland.

"The public are asked to be careful on all roads due to surface water flooding and in coastal areas, especially at high tide".

On the A83 on Tuesday, road operators said debris had been caught in one of the recently-installed landslip mitigation fences across the bottom of the slope above the road, but the carriageway had to be checked before it could reopen.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England".

NRW will issue flood alerts and warnings if rivers reach trigger levels, with teams monitoring river levels 24 hours a day.

"We are urging people to take the necessary precautions", Ms Lowe said.

Storm Callum will hit Cork, Kerry (both of whom were in the first warning), Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare (all of whom were in the second warning) and "Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground".

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