Storm Callum: Severe gusts expected in North West this morning

Sergio Conner
October 12, 2018

Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.

Mudslides were reported in Cork and water "overtopping" at docks in Galway.

Mr Hand said crews stand ready in all areas of the country and would be deployed when safe to do so.

Wicklow is one of the coastal counties that has been issued with an orange weather warning ahead of Storm Callum and residents are being asked to exercise caution as the storm advances.

"Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds".

Joanna Donnelly of Met Éireann said the strong winds will continue on west coast but will ease slowly inland.

In Co Armagh, Trafficwatch NI reports that a the Tassagh Road, Keady is blocked by a downed tree, as is the Summerisland Road, Moy, the Kingsmill Road, Whitecross and the Loughgall Road, Portadown is partially closed due to fallen trees.

There are now no reports of power outages or trees down in Laois.

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Some flights were cancelled at Cardiff and Exeter Airports on Friday morning, while rail passengers in Wales and the South West of England were warned of disruption to services due to high winds.

This afternoon's Irish Ferries sailing from Dublin to Cherbourg has been put back until tomorrow.

While schools in Ireland have ben advised to close if there is a risk to safety, no such warnings have been listed on the UK's Department of Education website.

However, decisions around school or road closures will be made locally rather than on a national basis.

The forecasters "danger to life" yellow warning on Saturday is for rain that could results in flooding to homes and businesses, causing damage to some buildings.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected to hit the area, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

There is some "overtopping" at the Promenade in Salthill, but gardaí say there is no flooding so far.

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