Scotland’s weather: Warnings issued for further gales and heavy rain

Traffic tries to navigate floods on the Castlebar to Belmullet road in Co Mayo yesterday

The Western Isles could get another hit of severe gales and high gusts on Saturday afternoon, again not as stormy as on Friday but worth bearing in mind.

A yellow warning for wind is in place for Northern Ireland from 3am on Friday morning until just before midnight on Friday night.

A Met Office spokesman said: "As Storm Callum passes to the northwest of the United Kingdom, a period of heavy rain will affect South Wales during Friday, with further spells of persistent and heavy rain at times during Saturday".

The northwest is expected to be most affected and the warning will remain in place there until midday on Friday.

A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland.

Storm Callum is expected to bring gale force winds of up to 150 kmph with torrential rain.

It comes on top of existing yellow Met Office warnings for high winds and heavy rain across most of the country.

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"Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts". There is a high risk of flooding and damage in coastal areas.

Pembrokeshire County Council is also warning residents to be aware of the potential for danger and disruption.

The Met Office said 50-60mph gusts were likely on Friday "with the potential for gusts of 70-80mph around exposed coasts and hills".

"There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves".

The warning is in effect until Saturday, October 13 at 9pm.

"Certainly, we will have some localised flooding in the east, but the biggest problems will be in the south and west", Ms Cusack continued.

Gary White, NRW's Duty Tactical Manager, said: "The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves".

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