Thousands without power as Storm Callum sweeps in

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

There is now a yellow weather warning for rain in place for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders from 12am to 23.59pm.

According to reports from the RTÉ, The National Emergency Co-ordination Group is due to meet at around 9am to assess the situation.

The Met Office said that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life".

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

Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

Areas of high ground could see over 60 mm of rain in 12 hours with some exposed locations seeing as much as 100 mm by the end of the day.

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.

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Storm Callum is the third named storm this year and follows Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh that hit Britain last month.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds". "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

Road and rail users have been warned to expect disruption and delays.

"The strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland during the morning".

'We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland, ' Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

Train cancellations will affect those travelling the Shrewsbury to Aberyswyth line through Mid Wales all weekend.

Before we get there, warm in any sunshine Thursday afternoon before some heavy showery (and possibly thundery) rain for western parts by Thursday evening.

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