Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Storm Callum lashes Scotland with wind and heavy rain

Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area Met Office names intense low-pressure area – Storm Callum
Charles Bowen | 13 October, 2018, 20:41

Thousands of households were left without power and dozens of flights grounded yesterday as rain and winds of 77mph battered the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain.

"The rain will continue to push northwards through Saturday night, though it will linger in the far north and northern isles".

The storm caused the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning for Wales as well as calls for evacuations on the south-west British coast. Customers have been advised to avoid travelling in coastal areas where flooding and high waves pose a danger.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is probable across south Wales on Friday and Saturday and is possible elsewhere in Wales and parts of western England".

The Road Safety Authority have also urged drivers to exercise caution during the storm and have said that motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

A87 Skye Bridge had reopened to high sided vehicles but with a high winds warning in place.

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There are no reported power outages across the county - as well as no major obstructions or debris reported across the road network.

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.

Whitchurch in Pembrokeshire saw 15mm of rain fall in a matter of hours on Friday morning as Michael moved in.

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.

"Further strong winds may bring down leaves and branches, increasing the likelihood of flooding due to blocked drains or culverts".

Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, looks set to escape the worst of the storm.

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