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Storm Callum is on its way

Storm Callum is on its way

Although the strongest winds are likely in western Ireland, North Western parts of the United Kingdom can also expect severe gales.

A storm that's been dubbed "Callum" will pass to northwest of the United Kingdom on Friday, bringing winds of up to 70mph and a prolonged downpour that will create hazardous conditions across the country.

Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and almost 100 were without power in south Wales.

SCOTLAND faces a danger to life warning as Storm Callum complete with heavy downpours arrives in the country tomorrow.

Power cuts could also result and other services - including mobile phone and broadband network coverage - could be impacted.

Some coastal flood defences in Exmouth in Devon have failed and a yellow weather warning is in place for the west coast and north-east of England.

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Northern Ireland, which along with Ireland is bearing the brunt of the storm, has had several flights cancelled due to Callum's force.

The orange weather warning is in place from 10pm tonight until Friday morning and is being described as a "very serious weather event".

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected to hit the area, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

In Northern Ireland, the Met Office has warned that "it's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves". That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

Gary White, NRW's Duty Tactical Manager, said: "The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves".

Areas of high ground could see over 60 mm of rain in 12 hours with some exposed locations seeing as much as 100 mm by the end of the day. That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding'.