Motorists urged to exercise extreme caution in Storm Callum aftermath

Geneva Stokes
October 13, 2018

As part of the preparations, flood prevention measures were taken in a number of coastal areas.

The Met Office said that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life".

Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills.

Parts of southern Scotland are set for more dismal weather throughout the rest of today and tomorrow, with persistent heavy rain forecast. "That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding".

The Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and the mainland was closed to all vehicles, and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road was also closed at Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff due to flooding.

If you are on the roads, be wary, as trees that were weakened by Storm Ali could pose an additional hazard.

Here, Clare County Council has held meetings involving various responders as they monitor the expected situation locally.

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Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening.

Western Power Distribution, an electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, south Wales and southwest England, reported that more than 950 homes were without power in southwest England, with a further 100 homes in south Wales.

"Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe".

Prolonged heavy rain is expected across much of the country on Friday and again on Saturday.

"The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves", Met office forecasters said last night.

The Road Safety Authority have also urged drivers to exercise caution during the storm and have said that motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

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