Nationwide road safety warning issued ahead of Storm Callum

Nationwide road safety warning issued ahead of Storm Callum

General safety advice has been issued in the wake of the warning, and now AA Ireland has followed suit, warning motorists of the incoming conditions. 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 Status Yellow warning will also come into effect for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary at 11pm tomorrow night and will reain in place until 9am Friday.

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". There will also be spells of heavy and persistent rain bringing the risk of localised flooding for Wales, NW and SW England, Northern Ireland and again to western Scotland.

Storm Callum is the third named storm of the season.

The strongest winds are likely in western Ireland, though north west parts of the United Kingdom can expect severe gales.

Met Eireann has issued fresh updates to their weather warnings ahead of Storm Callum, which is set to batter the country with winds of up to 130km per hour.

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Many flights were canceled in the hurricane zone, and Amtrak changed some train schedules to protect passengers and employees. Some other highways are still closed because of flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence last month.

Travel disruption is likely for ferry services and possible to rail and road networks.

"Additionally there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides".

Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs said: "It's vital that we all take a look at our own road behaviour and adapt it accordingly to minimise incidents during this weather".

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills.

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 main concern we are anxious about for the area is the amount of rainfall throughout Saturday itself.

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