Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for Northern Ireland and western Britain on Friday.

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

Met Éireann have just upgraded the yellow weather warning to a Status Orange for 13 counties, as Storm Callum is officially named.

"Some exposed locations could see as much as four inches by the end of Friday". Again, areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely.

People have been urged to prepare for severe weather heading into the weekend as the effects of Hurricane Leslie, which is further to the south, will also be felt.

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.

"It's also important to remember when driving on exposed roads, such as a motorway, that your own vehicle could be re-directed by a sudden gust so you must make sure your focus is on the task of driving at all times".

The Met Office said that "leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

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The first status orange wind warning is for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry. There is the potential for flooding in these areas.

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.

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation.

The storm is set to blow in from the Atlantic and will hit the United Kingdom just hours before Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tie the knot at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

Arriva Trains Wales is closing rail lines because of the storm threat.

South Wales is bracing itself for a two-day deluge that's expected to cause flash floods and travel chaos. The focus of heaviest rainfall will remain across Wales, and move increasingly into parts of Scotland.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

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