Storm Callum: Donegal's coastal areas 'vulnerable'

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

A storm that's been dubbed "Callum" will pass to northwest of the United Kingdom on Friday, bringing winds of up to 70mph and a prolonged downpour that will create hazardous conditions across the country.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, with fast flowing or deep floodwater which could cause a danger to life.

This intense area of low-pressure, will pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday.

The Met Office is also warning of possible disruption to transport services.

High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast.

"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".

"Preparations are well underway to ensure we have engineers and equipment and customer care teams on hand to respond to faults should they come in".

Cllr John Campbell says areas of South Donegal which have been prone to flooding in the past owing to high tides could still be vulnerable.

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

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "Storm Callum is coming from the middle of the Atlantic".

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

It is because the storm is likely to coincide with high tides around the south Wales coast.

NRW will issue flood alerts and warnings if rivers reach trigger levels, with teams monitoring river levels 24 hours a day.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England".

There is the risk of localised flooding, tricky conditions on the roads with surface water and spray.

"It's not a major event in the east, we don't expect a major flooding event along the east coast", she told RTÉ Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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