Storm Callum: Donegal's coastal areas 'vulnerable'

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The Met Office has issued a weather warning with 80mph gale-force winds and heavy rain forecast for later this week as Storm Callum hits the UK.

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.

By Sunday, the weather is expected to settle down slightly as both warnings are lifted.

"For Tayside and Fife on Friday there are no warnings in force but the rain is going to continue across the area right into Saturday".

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides.

Cork and Kerry are also affected by the status orange wind warning, but those counties have been advised to adhere to the warning between 10pm tonight and 9am in the morning.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.

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The Met Office's Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding".

Cllr John Campbell says areas of South Donegal which have been prone to flooding in the past owing to high tides could still be vulnerable.

The country is getting ready for Storm Callum.

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Winds of up to 130km are expected, possibly going even higher in coastal areas.

The warning for those counties is in place from Friday 12 October 2018 00:01 to Friday 12 October 2018 09:00.

The collection of interest groups that collectively make up the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) are making preparations for all they can, from schools to transport systems and public safety.

"We are advising people to avoid coastal areas during this event".

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