Met Office updates yellow weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Storm Callum is expected to smash into Britain during Friday when a band of heavy rain and wind will pass over the country

An Orange weather warning for Galway has been extended by Met Eireann until 5pm on Friday.

"The strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland during the morning".

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.

Natural Resources Wales has now issued a number of flood warnings, which advises people to take "immediate action", with heavy rain is expected to cause flooding on a number of rivers.

Strong winds and torrential rain have prompted the latest Met Office warnings of flooding and travel disruption, with Storm Callum expected to particularly impact western parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Dozens of flights and trains have been cancelled in Wales, the South West and Northern Ireland after a storm dubbed "Callum" blew in early on Friday morning.

The highest winds of the morning were 77mph recorded at 7am at Capel Curig in Gwynedd, north Wales, with 76mph gusts in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall. Hundreds of homes and businesses are also without power, and 20,000 properties were without power in Ireland.

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Storm Callum lashed Ireland with winds of up over 120kmh last night and there are fears that similar conditions are on the way for the weekend.

Shropshire is on the edge of another yellow warning for rain, affecting the whole of Wales throughout Friday.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

Throughout Friday and Saturday, areas covered by the warnings could see between 50-100 mm on Friday and 50-80 mm on Saturday.

At this time of year the wind is also likely to cause more leaves to fall on the roads, which can block drains and increase localised surface flooding.

The strongest winds overnight were reported on the Ards peninsula with parts of counties Down, Armagh and parts of Antrim getting the worst.

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