Galway braces for flooding as Storm Callum clashes with high tides

Charlene Craig
October 12, 2018

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has issued an orange warning for gale-force winds of up to 80mph for all the coastal counties in the Republic of Ireland on Thursday and Friday.

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.

Storm Callum is expected to pass over the country in a northerly direction, with warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare set to expire at around lunchtime tomorrow.

Today's unseasonably warm weather will be replaced by the strong winds and heavy rain felt at the beginning of the week as we head into Friday and Saturday.

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A Status Orange weather warning will come into effect for 13 counties tonight.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "Storm Callum is coming from the middle of the Atlantic". The worst of the winds will impact on Friday morning rush hour, people will be travelling in Scotland for October holidays.

A yellow warning has been declared for Northern Ireland and western Britain this Friday with strong winds and torrential rain posing a danger to life, the Met Office saya.

"Natural Resources Wales has issued flood alerts for the Pembrokeshire coast due to a low pressure system bringing tidal surges, strong winds and large waves on top of high astronomical tide period" he continued. There is the risk of localised flooding, tricky conditions on the roads with surface water and spray.

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"Storm Callum is the 3rd named storm of the 2018/19 season".

From midnight on Saturday, weather experts have warned of yet more "heavy and persistent" rainfall across the city.

The national emergency group includes Met Éireann, local authorities, the ESB, OPW and government. There will be rough seas and large waves, making coastal areas risky.

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.

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