Friday, 14 December, 2018

Scotland’s weather: Warnings issued for further gales and heavy rain

Traffic tries to navigate floods on the Castlebar to Belmullet road in Co Mayo yesterday Traffic tries to navigate floods on the Castlebar to Belmullet road in Co Mayo yesterday
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"Additionally there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides".

The Indian summer is finally petering out as Storm Callum threatens to bring strong winds and the possibility of flooding to parts of the United Kingdom tomorrow.

"In particular, as the worst of this storm looks likely to hit overnight, motorists could wake up on Friday morning to debris and fallen trees on a number of routes".

However, as Friday progresses the winds are likely to ease across some parts of Northern Ireland.

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The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

A Status yellow wind warning is in place for counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary, from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning. There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day.

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

It will be windy with persistent rain during Friday and Saturday and feel rather humid.

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James Nicholas of Arriva Trains Wales said: "There is significant rain expected this weekend across Wales coupled with high winds and very high tides, particularly up on the Cambrian Coast - linking in to Shrewsbury".

After the worst of the wind has swept the country, the tail-end of Hurricane Leslie will bring rainfall, raising the prospect of coastal and river flooding.

Ms Donnelly said there would be a risk of flooding in places. Properties may flood and there is likely to be travel disruption. More localised surface water and river flooding is also possible for high ground parts of the south-west of England on Friday and Saturday. The west coast of Dorset may continue to be affected on Saturday morning.

Mean (sustained) wind speeds - Gales 39-46mph.

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