'Danger to life' as Storm Callum triggers flood warnings

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2018

The latest updated weather warning includes a description of winds for the north-east of the country that say gusts will likely stay between 100 and 130km/h up until 4pm.

Whilst the wind will generally be weaker than Friday, torrential rain could cause flooding, power cuts and isolate communities.

Met Éireann issued a status-orange wind warning yesterday for 13 coastal counties and a status-yellow wind warning for 13 interior counties. The A55 Britannia Bridge near Bangor was only open to cars and vans.

The storm caused the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning for Wales as well as calls for evacuations on the south-west British coast.

Residents in Aberdulais, near Neath, have been on evacuation alert because of high river levels in the River Neath.

Most areas will start off the day with some intense bursts of rain, especially in the south west of England and Wales.

Network Rail is anticipating significant rainfall on Saturday and said it would be monitoring known flood risk areas, with rapid response teams on stand by.

One train in Penrhiwceiber in Wales's Cynon Valley was stranded as water flooded the tracks.

"Accompanying high tides will be big waves and we could see coastal impacts from those and inland impacts from those strong winds as well".

They will not run between 07:00 and 11:00 on Saturday, and will again after 19:00.

A bus replacement service will operate between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog and between Machynlleth and both Newtown and Pwllheli. There are limited replacement buses but road closures are also likely.

Both Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall have also been closed throughout today due to the high winds.

A landslip blocked the eastbound carriageway of the A5 between Bethesda and Capel Curig at about 19:30 on Friday.

Calmac cancelled many of its Western Isles ferries for the entire day and advised passengers to check before travelling.

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