Galway braces for flooding as Storm Callum clashes with high tides

Galway braces for flooding as Storm Callum clashes with high tides

Galway braces for flooding as Storm Callum clashes with high tides

THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for much of the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Callum threatens to strike.

Tayside and Fife could avoid the worst of Storm Callum, which is predicted to batter much of Scotland with 80mph wind and torrential rain in the coming days.

LIMERICK City and County Council has convened its Severe Weather Assessment Team (SWAT) ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

"This zone of heavy rain is expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, with further yellow weather warnings in place".

Rainfall is expected to reach up to 10cm and could cause flooding, as well as making driving conditions hard for those affected.

A warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork and Waterford is in place from 10pm on Thursday until 9am on Friday.

The Met Office has therefore warned that there is chance of injuries and a danger to life.

"There will be rain later tonight and, combined with winds and high tides, there is a risk of coastal flooding".

Richard Brown, Pembrokeshire County Council's Head of Environmental Services and Public Protection, said that although Council staff would be working continuously to clear the roads, motorists would need to be vigilant. Winds will be strongest overnight and early tomorrow, gusting between 110kph and 130kph on the coasts.

Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for Northern Ireland and western Britain on Friday.

Meanwhile high tide is due to occur at 7.45am tomorrow, and is expected to coincide with storm surges and low atmospheric pressure, leading to concerns of flooding in the area of Galway Harbour, Spanish Parade, and the Fishmarket.

"Storm Callum is the 3rd named storm of the 2018/19 season".

Winds of up to 130km are expected, possibly going even higher in coastal areas.

The national emergency group includes Met Éireann, local authorities, the ESB, OPW and government.

"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".

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