Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches

Limerick council convenes Severe Weather Assessment Team as Storm Callum approaches

As a precaution flood defences are being installed at O’Callaghan and Clancy’s Strands and along all quays in the city

The winds will ease over all of Ireland on Friday afternoon and by Friday evening for Scotland.

Official warnings will be issued in line with those forecasts, Ms Lowe added.

Shropshire is on the edge of the yellow warnings we have issued, with the most persistent and heaviest rain expected across Wales, north west England and south west England.

A zone of heavy rain associated with an intense weather system affecting western parts of the United Kingdom will become slow moving for a time, bringing prolonged rainfall and the potential for surface water flooding.

On Wednesday morning, Met Éireann issued a status orange weather warning for six counties as the storm makes its way to Ireland.

A yellow rain warning is in place from 6am to midnight on Friday for heavy, slow moving, rain that will affect the North West, including Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire.

Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption. There is a chance of gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles during Friday afternoon and evening.

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The Met Office said that "leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland.

"For Tayside and Fife on Friday there are no warnings in force but the rain is going to continue across the area right into Saturday".

"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".

Higher wind speeds will impact all areas of the province, with exposed coasts and hills the worst affected.

NRW has also advised people to take extra care will driving, to avoid walking or driving through any flood water, and to avoid fast flowing rivers and streams.

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