Storm Callum may signal start of weekend wash-out

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

Forecasters warned of heavy rain - up to four inches - and potential flooding in the wake of the storm.

Around 950 homes in south West England and almost 100 in south Wales have also lost electricity.

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

Twenty-one Aer Lingus flights scheduled to travel to and from Dublin airport today were also cancelled.

THE Met Office has upgraded its severe weather warning for tomorrow with torrential rain and gale-force winds set to batter the Cardigan area.

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A Met Office weather warning remains in place until midnight.

"We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland", Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said. Tell us where you live or are now and leave contact details if you can - one of our journalists may be in touch to discuss further. That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

The other 13 counties have been issued with a yellow warning which will also end at 9am on Friday.

Met Eireann issued the Status Orange warning for Galway on Wednesday evening ahead of Storm Callum which will hit Ireland on Thursday night.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk".

The south-east is expected to be blustery but stay "quite dry", with temperatures possibly reaching up to 24C (75F). The low centre may drift further west and the winds will not be as strong.

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