AN orange weather warning has been issued for several counties across Ireland as Storm Callum is set to bring 130 km/h winds to the country later today.
Winds of 50mph will batter Northern Ireland, southwest England and west Wales during Thursday night, spreading to Scotland by Friday morning.
Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said strong winds would be followed by a period of heavy rain sweeping up from the south east, with the possibility of flooding.
There will also be spells of heavy and persistent rain bringing the risk of localised flooding for Wales, NW and SW England, Northern Ireland and again to western Scotland.
Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected to hit the area, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.
Storm Callum is expected to pass over the country in a northerly direction, with warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare set to expire at around lunchtime tomorrow.
Yellow weather warnings are in place for the rest of Wales and large parts of northern England and southern Scotland. Gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in some places, with potential for gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills. Fallen leaves will lead to blocked drains and flooding issues.
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"There is the also the risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and surge".
Train services between Swansea and Carmarthen are being suspended during parts of Friday because of Storm Callum. Vehicles were stranded roads were submerged in Oban, while several landslips blocked the A83 in Argyll.
"On Friday, the winds will ease somewhat in many areas during the morning, becoming fresh or strong southerly".
The weather system will initially have the greatest impact on the west of the country and then move north, however all of the country will be hit.
"Both Friday and Saturday will be wet and windy days for Shropshire, with bursts of heavy rain at times".
"We are advising people to avoid coastal areas during this event".