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Met Eireann issues status yellow warning with 'wet and very windy' weather expected UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 21:29

The effects of Storm Callum are expected from 10 tonight - when the orange weather warning kicks in for counties Cork and Kerry.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a statement asking drivers and other road users to exercise caution as Storm Callum approaches Ireland.

The third storm of the 18/19 season is set to bring heavy downpours and strong gales to the country, with yellow weather warnings now in place in some areas.

The Met Office warnings run from the early hours of Friday into Saturday and a number of flood alerts have been issued across south and west Wales.

It comes into force from around 3am on Friday and lasts through until midnight.

A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland.

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"It is going to be a big change to the nice weather we had on Wednesday". The Borders are likely to feel the worst of the rain.

The AA is advising motorists to reduce their speed accordingly to improve their ability to maintain control of their vehicle when driving through areas affected by Storm Callum. Picking up from 5am-6am on Friday, (parts of Scotland) could see gusts right through the day of 60mph, 70mph or 80mph.

Due to the threat of coastal flooding, Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail are closing the Swansea to Carmarthen line from 07:00 BST to 11:00 and after 19:00.

Western Britain is already under the influence of a cold front which has brought cloudy and wet conditions so far today, whilst eastern parts hang onto the warmer and brighter weather one more day.

There is also a warning for rain in place for Cumbria from 12am to 23.59pm on Saturday (October 13). The Western Isles could get another hit of severe gales and high gusts on Saturday afternoon, again not as stormy as on Friday but worth bearing in mind.

"We could see rainfall totals building up quite a lot, 40mm-50mm (1.6in-2in) over higher ground".

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