Motorists urged to exercise extreme caution in Storm Callum aftermath

Motorists urged to exercise extreme caution in Storm Callum aftermath

While on Saturday there is a "danger to life" alert over potential flooding due to rain covering Lothian and Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Storm Callum has caused further disruption as the United Kingdom continued to be battered by heavy downpours on Saturday.

Yellow Met Office warnings are in place for wind and rain in the Highlands and Islands and Strathclyde areas throughout Friday.

The highest winds of the morning were 77mph recorded at 7am at Capel Curig in Gwynedd, north Wales, with 76mph gusts in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall.

Storm Callum forced a meeting of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group this afternoon and Met Éireann has issued its latest update on the expected storm impact.

Flights were cancelled at Cardiff, Newquay, Exeter and Belfast airports on Friday morning.

The Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival had been set to take place on Saturday.

In Galway city, coastal routes along the harbour are closed as a precaution ahead of high tide at around 7.45am.

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An amber warning for rain remains in place for parts of south Wales until 6pm with further flooding and power cuts expected.

Around 30,000 homes in Ireland, and 1,000 in Britain, were left without electricity after the storm began to batter the south-west.

There was also bad news for commuters in south Wales, with Arriva cancelling a number of train services for the morning due to the high winds and heavy rain.

Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: 'There will be more wet and windy weather for similar parts of the country - predominantly western areas - which could cause more flooding.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind have also been issued across much of the west coast of the United Kingdom, from northern Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

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.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

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