Monday, 22 October, 2018

Storm Callum: Donegal's coastal areas 'vulnerable'

UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches Storm Callum to BATTER Glasgow with heavy rain and strong winds
Glenn Montgomery | 12 October, 2018, 00:29

The effects of Storm Callum are expected from 10 tonight - when the orange weather warning kicks in for counties Cork and Kerry.

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.

An orange level warning has been issued by Met √Čireann for coastal counties with a yellow level warning in place for Longford and the rest of the midlands at the moment.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday in these areas, gusting between 90kph and 110kph.

The national forecaster said a band of stormy weather will bring a risk of coastal flooding to the west of the country, while a separate area of low pressure could bring heavy rainfall to the east at the weekend.

There are now five weather warnings in place as the storm apporaches, including four status orange warnings and a status yellow warning. Wind will be very strong.

Callum is the third named storm of the 2018/19 season, following Ali and Bronagh which both camer in September. The worst of the winds will impact on Friday morning rush hour, people will be travelling in Scotland for October holidays.

Areas in the south and south west could see between 50 and 100mm of rain by the end of Friday, with as much as 120 to 160mm falling over high, south-facing ground.

Winds that could top 80mph are forecast to batter western Scotland on Friday followed by downpours across more of the country on Saturday.

"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". With trees still in part leaf, there is a concern for felling as well.

According to the Met Office, gusts of 50 miles per hour are likely with potential for gusts of 60 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds".

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