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British Isles brace for Storm Callum as powerful gusts hit Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom - While thousands of homes nationwide are without power after Storm Callum made landfall last night - Galway has so far escaped the brunt of the storm.

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

The Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and the mainland was closed to all vehicles, and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road was also closed at Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon Taff due to flooding.

Met Éireann has warned that south or southwest winds will continue to gust to between 100 and 130km/hr, with further infrastructural damage possible.

Passengers are advised to check service updates with ferry companies before travelling from either Holyhead or Fishguard. There is the continued risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for parts of the Dorset coast, as well as 58 flood alerts across England, while Natural Resources Wales has 28 flood warnings and 39 flood alerts in place.

Friday's windy and rainy weather is set to continue this weekend.

A video from the Met Office has shown the impact that Storm Callum will have on the United Kingdom as a whole and when it will head east.

There are now no reports of power outages or trees down in Laois. "That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding".

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

"In addition, these winds may increase autumnal leaf fall, which would increase the potential for blocked drains and culverts, heightening the flooding risk".

There has also been reports of tress down and flooding in parts with warnings of hazardous conditions through the day.

The amber warning remains in place until 6pm on Saturday, while the broader yellow rain and wind warnings that include parts of north-west and south-west England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain in place until midnight on Friday.

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