Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Storm Callum is expected to smash into Britain during Friday when a band of heavy rain and wind will pass over the country

Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area

Clare's Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly says the adverse weather is likely to impact driving conditions tomorrow morning.

Winds of up to 130km are expected, possibly going even higher in coastal areas.

Rail timetables in the South and North West have also been amended, while commuters in Northern Ireland were warned of disruption to services due to high winds.

Calmac cancelled many of its Western Isles ferries for the entire day and advised passengers to check before travelling. However, services into Dublin City centre are unaffected.

Paul Hand of ESB Networks said 30,000 homes and business were without power, but he anticipated this figure increasing as the storm moves north.

Homes and businesses in Naas, Newbridge and Kilcullen Co Kildare are among those inland that were hit with power outages as well as Talbots Inch, Rosehill, Paulstown and Goresbridge in Co Kilkenny.

Weather forecaster Nick Miller warned that although winds should ease overnight, there is a high risk of flooding with some parts of the United Kingdom set to be drenched in several inches on rain.

The Met Office is warning that there exists the potential for injuries and danger to life, the possibility of damage to buildings and disruption to travel.

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

The other 13 counties have been issued with a yellow warning which will also end at 9am on Friday.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe has been outlining what's expected here. If it drifts further east, we would be in for stronger winds. "Some roads and bridges may close".

"Despite clearance efforts by the Council, the high winds will increase the amount of falling leaves and block drains very quickly, exacerbating flooding" he warned.

Yellow Met Office warnings are in place for wind and rain in the Highlands and Islands and Strathclyde areas throughout Friday.

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, in Wales, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours.

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