Storm Callum: More chaos as heavy rain and 50mph winds batter Britain

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Persistent rainfall and potential flooding have been predicted in Preston this weekend.

"South Wales in particular is a cause for concern, with an amber warning in force", Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned.

Arriva Trains Wales and Great Western Railway have cancelled trains across Wales.

Motorists were also warned over tricky driving conditions brought by Callum, with several roads and highways in Cumbria impassable owing to floodwater.

Rail services to Drogheda, Dundalk and Belfast have been suspended because of a tree on the line at Donabate in Dublin.

Homes and businesses in Naas, Newbridge and Kilcullen Co Kildare are among those inland that were hit with power outages as well as Talbots Inch, Rosehill, Paulstown and Goresbridge in Co Kilkenny.

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SEPA is expecting to issue a number of Flood Alerts for much of southern Scotland and the Central Belt over the next few days.

The forecast deluge poses a risk of communities being cut off by flooding, while high winds are expected to cause disruption across western areas of the UK.

Today, Sunderland has taken a drenching with very little let-up in the torrential weather - and it's set to continue into tomorrow. Independent bookshop Bookish offered residents of Bridge Street and New Road affected by the flooding who needed somewhere "warm and dry" the chance to call in for a free hot drink and piece of cake.

Met Eireann issued Status Orange weather warnings for 13 counties in the Republic - with high winds coinciding with high tides last night.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding or by calling 0345 988 1188. The high winds, combined with heavy rain, could see leaves and twigs blocking drains, making flooding more likely, Mr Burkhill said.

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