Winds in Dublin break the speed limit as Storm Callum arrives

Posted October 13, 2018

Met Éireann are keeping the Orange Status Wind Warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare until 5pm on Friday evening, while the rest of the country will be taken off the orange status as of 9am on Friday morning.

Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and almost 100 were without power in south Wales.

Other regions of the United Kingdom were expected to remain largely dry, but strong winds were forecast. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees will occur early in the night.

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The strongest winds will be today, one bout this morning and another later this afternoon. However, it will stay stormy for a time on West and Northwest coasts with damaging gusts.

The Coastguard also urged the public to avoid exposed coastal areas, tweeting that a photo or video clip "is not worth risking your life for".

Eastern and southern parts of the United Kingdom will see a rather different story, as temperatures are forecast to climb to an above average 26C - the highest temperature seen in October since 2011.

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A Met Office spokesman said: "As Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the United Kingdom, a period of heavy rain will affect South Wales during Friday, with further spells of persistent and heavy rain at times during Saturday". Very high seas are expected too, along with storm and possibly violent storm force winds at sea.

There was also bad news for commuters in south Wales, with Arriva cancelling a number of train services for the morning due to the high winds and heavy rain. With trees still in part leaf, there is a concern for felling as well.

Yellow weather warnings for wind and rain are in place for parts of Devon, north Wales, northern England and southern Scotland, meaning these areas could continue to receive significant amounts of rainfall. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds".

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