Storm Callum passes with relatively little impact

Storm Callum is now swirling off the southwest coast and will deepen rapidly over the course of the next 12 hours, according to Midland weather expert Cathal Nolan.

Met Éireann are keeping the Orange Status Wind Warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare until 5pm on Friday evening, while the rest of the country will be taken off the orange status as of 9am on Friday morning.

The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is then expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, when a further yellow weather warning is in place.

Storm Callum will pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday, according to the Met Office.

A series of weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, stretching from north west coast of Scotland to Land's End.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.

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

Despite there being no weather warning now in place for Wrexham on Saturday, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout most the day.

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On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain.

He warned that gusts of up to 40 or 50 miles per hour will be felt across western parts of Scotland, Wales, and western England throughout the day, with stronger gusts of 60 miles per hour possible along the Irish Sea coast.

Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

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

Arriva Trains Wales has suspended its Swansea to Camarthen line and amended part of its weekend timetable.

Around 950 homes in south West England and almost 100 in south Wales have also lost electricity.

Already there are delays and cancellations to train and bus services.

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