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Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

UK Weather: Met Office Issues Yellow Rain Warnings As Storm Callum Approaches

For a time it'll be dry and clear, however, before dawn Storm Callum will bring a more persistent spell of wet and windy weather.

The minister said: "The precise impact on day-to-day activities will not be known until early Friday morning and the public - including schools and business owners - should keep informed of weather forecasts and make decisions based on local conditions".

The Met Office is warning that there exists the potential for injuries and danger to life, the possibility of damage to buildings and disruption to travel.

The orange weather warning is in place from 10pm tonight until Friday morning and is being described as a "very serious weather event".

Areas of high ground could see over 60 mm of rain in 12 hours with some exposed locations seeing as much as 100 mm by the end of the day.

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning to amber for South Wales and is warning of possible flooding, power cuts and road closures.

In total, 13 counties have an orange weather warning in place - the second highest level of severity - they include: Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.

"We're likely to see the effects of Storm Callum coming in from Friday morning". High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds - slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.

Storm Callum is expected to bring torrential rain and winds of up to 70 miles per hour to parts of the United Kingdom on Friday. The focus of heaviest rainfall will remain across Wales, and move increasingly into parts of Scotland.

"High tides are also near their peak, heightening the risk of coastal impacts due to large waves".

Storm Callum, which was named on Wednesday, will also bring with it a downpour of rain on Saturday - which could cause flooding across the local area.

The new weather system arriving from the Atlantic is set to batter the United Kingdom with gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rain.