Storm Callum: Donegal's coastal areas 'vulnerable'

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

The Department of Education has said that schools and colleges should stay closed on Friday if there is a risk to safety due to the arrival of Storm Callum.

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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.

The UK Met Office now has a yellow wind warning for Friday and rain warning into Saturday.

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides.

A Status orange warning for winds is in place for Cork and Kerry from 10pm on Thursday.

The Met Office said that "leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain.

There is also a warning for rain in place for Cumbria from 12am to 23.59pm on Saturday (October 13).

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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.

The council has distributed sandbags to protect homes at risk of flooding. Winds will be strongest overnight and early tomorrow, gusting between 110kph and 130kph on the coasts.

Callum is the third named storm of the 2018/19 season, following Ali and Bronagh which both camer in September.

She said the Atlantic storm would begin to hit on Thursday night and its impact will be felt through Friday and well into the weekend in the shape of wind and heavy rain.

It is because the storm is likely to coincide with high tides around the south Wales coast.

The county council is urging motorists to avoid all coastal roads, and to only make essential journeys.

Heavy slow-moving rain is expected to affect Cumbria and parts of North West England and Wales.

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