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Storm Callum: More rain set to bring further disruption

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Adrian Cunningham | 13 October, 2018, 20:43

Most of Britain will be drenched by torrential rain and battered by 50mph winds today as Storm Callum continues to wreak havoc on the country.

The storm caused the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning for Wales as well as calls for evacuations on the south-west British coast.

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.

The worst gales are across northern England and Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland, where it will be very windy. "Later in the night, the next spell of heavy rain will move into central and southern parts of England and Wales".

Thousands of homes have experienced power cuts, mainly caused by falling branches and debris damaging lines.

A yellow warning covers much of the rest of Wales, parts of Scotland, Northern and South West England - where power cuts and travel delays are expected.

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The torchlight procession for the Dunoon Mod 2018, due to take place on Friday evening, was cancelled due to the weather.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is probable across south Wales on Friday and Saturday and is possible elsewhere in Wales and parts of western England".

Storm Callum bringing periods of heavy rain during Friday and continuing into Saturday - particularly over south facing hills.

Despite the outbreaks of rain in some parts of the country, temperatures are sweltering for the season.

"Storm Callum" is the third storm of the 2018/19 season, with the strongest winds likely to hit western Ireland, although North Western parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.

Coral make it 2-1 this month is the dampest in United Kingdom history as the fierce storm prepares to batter the nation this weekend and beyond.