Gales and heavy rain to end the week

Storm Callum is expected in the coming days

Storm Callum is expected in the coming days

Met Éireann has issued Orange and Yellow warnings for Storm Callum.

Stay away from exposed coastal areas for the period of the Status Orange warning and be aware of local conditions in your area, as wind strengths can vary significantly from place to place.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned that weather conditions at sea could also cause flooding with large waves, strong winds and a tidal surge.

It comes on top of existing yellow Met Office warnings for high winds and heavy rain across most of the country.

Heavy rainfall could present a risk to life, the Met Office said, as it issued a 36-hour amber warning for Wales.

A Status orange warning for wind in Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Meath and Waterford has been extended from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning.

On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain.

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Richard Brown, Pembrokeshire County Council's Head of Environmental Services and Public Protection, said that although Council staff would be working continuously to clear the roads, motorists would need to be vigilant. Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 90 and 110 km/h at coasts.

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.

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.

James Nicholas of Arriva Trains Wales said: "There is significant rain expected this weekend across Wales coupled with high winds and very high tides, particularly up on the Cambrian Coast - linking in to Shrewsbury".

The National Emergency Coordination Group is also set to convene this afternoon as fears grow over impact of Storm Callum.

"We are advising people to avoid coastal areas during this event". There will also be spells of heavy and persistent rain bringing the risk of localised flooding for Wales, NW and SW England, Northern Ireland and again to western Scotland.

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