Storm Callum speeds as waves batter Sandymount

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

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.

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group met yesterday for a briefing on Storm Callum.

Areas of high ground will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.

"So do watch out for potential flooding impacts".

A yellow warning remains in place across Northern Ireland and much of the United Kingdom until midnight as Storm Callum sweeps in from the Atlantic.

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

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

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The latest updated weather warning includes a description of winds for the north-east of the country that say gusts will likely stay between 100 and 130km/h up until 4pm.

Here, Clare County Council has held meetings involving various responders as they monitor the expected situation locally.

Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening. SEPA is expecting to issue a number of Flood Alerts for much of southern Scotland and the Central Belt over the next few days.

"If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours".

'We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland, ' Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

Rain will then hit Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, becoming increasingly heavier into the evening.

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