Three new weather warnings issued as Storm Callum nears Ireland

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country

There is a wind warning in place from 3am to midnight on Friday, which covers Northern Ireland and parts of Western Scotland and warns of gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour in some places, with the potential for gusts of 70 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is then expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, when a further yellow weather warning is in place.

The northwest is expected to be most affected and the warning will remain in place there until midday on Friday.

Train services between Swansea and Carmarthen are being suspended during parts of Friday because of Storm Callum.

Storm Callum is expected to bring gale force winds of up to 150 kmph with torrential rain.

Met Office is urging people to be prepared for potential dangers with weather warnings in place as Storm Callum prepares to batter Northern Ireland on Friday.

Authorities warn of travel being disrupted as bridges close and some public transport being cut.

Finally, an updated Status Yellow wind warning was put into effect for counties: Carlow; Kildare; Kilkenny; Laois; Longford; Offaly; Westmeath; Cavan; Monaghan; Leitrim; Roscommon; Limerick; and Tipperary. "You can check our website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for any flood warnings that may be in place and keep an eye on weather reports and local news for details of any disruption in your area".

High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast. There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day.

"Additionally there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides".

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

"It's not a major event in the east, we don't expect a major flooding event along the east coast", she told RTÉ Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme.

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