Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Storm Callum: Donegal's coastal areas 'vulnerable'

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country
Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2018, 21:30

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.

But heavy rain and strong gales could feature in the weather by the end of the week, with the latest named Storm - Storm Callum - expected to hit the United Kingdom on Friday.

"On Friday, the winds will ease somewhat in many areas during the morning, becoming fresh or strong southerly".

Much of the United Kingdom will experience some heavy rain on Friday, with further spells at times during Saturday, as Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the UK.

The weather warning has been issued for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry and will remain in place from 10pm tonight until 9am on Friday. The main concern we are anxious about for the area is the amount of rainfall throughout Saturday itself.

Also issued by Met Eireann at 10:00am this morning, this warning will be in effect for the longer time of 10:00pm tomorrow night through to 12:00pm on Friday.

The third storm of the 18/19 season is set to bring heavy downpours and strong gales to the country, with yellow weather warnings now in place in some areas.

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". Fallen leaves will lead to blocked drains and flooding issues.

The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding, motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas. On Saturday the rain could become even heavier.

Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption. Localised coastal/tidal flooding is probable on Friday along the south Wales coast and is also possible for west Wales, the Wye estuary, and some north-west and south-west coasts of England.

Keep an eye on the rainfall live, using Netweather Radar.