Latest Storm Callum update from Met Éireann after emergency meeting

Storm Callum How will bad weather affect the UK

Met Éireann said the strong winds will continue for the morning, with the Status Orange warnings for Storm Callum remaining in place until 5pm for northwestern coastal areas.

Strong to gales force winds will affect Ireland and the United Kingdom during Friday 12 Oct. Gusts of 60 to 70mph are forecast, possibly higher for exposed hills and coastlines.

Meanwhile winds of 50 to 60mph are expected widely in warning area, with gusts expected to peak at 70mph in the most exposed parts. The UK Met Office warned of "heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday" with "fast flowing or deep floodwater" likely which may cause "danger to life".

So far, Galway has escaped the brunt of Storm Callum - with no reported power outages or major obstructions on the road network. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

A guest stoops to collect her hat that blew off in the wind as she arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Both Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall have also been closed throughout today due to the high winds. "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".

Ferry services between Wales and Northern Ireland and Dublin have been suspended.

Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening.

The deluge poses a risk of communities being cut off by flooding.

While heavy rain is expected to continue into the Saturday, the wind is now believed to ease off by Friday evening.

Clare's Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly says the adverse weather is likely to impact driving conditions tomorrow morning.

If flooding does occur there is a chance that trains or bus services could be cancelled.

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