Orange warning ahead of strong winds and high tides

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

"This zone of heavy rain is expected to move slowly northwards on Saturday, with further yellow weather warnings in place".

A storm that's been dubbed "Callum" will pass to northwest of the United Kingdom on Friday, bringing winds of up to 70mph and a prolonged downpour that will create hazardous conditions across the country.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h (80mph) at coasts.

However, it is Friday (October 12) which will see the full force of Storm Callum.

Met Eireann issued the Status Orange warning for Galway on Wednesday evening ahead of Storm Callum which will hit Ireland on Thursday night.

Met Office is urging people to be prepared for potential dangers with weather warnings in place as Storm Callum prepares to batter Northern Ireland on Friday.

The Indian summer is finally petering out as Storm Callum threatens to bring strong winds and the possibility of flooding to parts of the United Kingdom tomorrow.

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Arriva Trains Wales is warning passengers to check before they travel as services may be disrupted. Wind speeds will be higher in some coastal areas and on high ground.

On Saturday, heavy rain is expected across most of the country as it looks set to be a wet weekend. Winds of up to 130km are expected in coastal ares along with heavy rain and a risk of flooding.

"There is the also the risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and surge".

Power cuts, travel disruption and hard driving conditions are also predicted, with yellow weather warnings for wind covering Northern Ireland and western parts of Wales, England and Scotland throughout Friday. However, said Mr Nolan, "there remains the risk, depending on the very final track over the coming hours, that the far northwest of Mayo, Galway, West Kerry and Western Donegal could see winds in excess of 130km/h".

On Saturday the rain could become even heavier.

High winds with gusts of 50mph to 60mph around exposed coasts and hills are also forecast.

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