Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area

Glen Norman
October 12, 2018

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.

A Status yellow wind warning is in place for counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary, from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning.

"The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which may increase autumnal leaf fall and potential for blocked drains/culverts, heightening the potential for flooding".

The warnings are set to remain in place until 9 o' clock tomorrow morning for most of the country.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Joanna Donnelly of Met Éireann said winds would be strongest in coastal areas.

The forecaster has advised people to stay away from exposed coastal areas for the duration of the warning.

Drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees.

"Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds".

Be aware of local conditions in your area; wind strengths can vary significantly from place to place (depending on direction and local topography).

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.

However, the country's heatwave will end this weekend, as Storm Callum is set to bring over month's worth of rainfall in South West England, Wales and parts of northern England by Friday.

Arriva is also cancelling services between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday the rain could become even heavier.

The city council's weather assessment team has forecast that the time of most concern for surge is early Friday morning at high tide.

"There will be storm force or gale force gusts, which can be severe or damaging".

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