Thousands without power after Storm Callum

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

Ireland's weather service Met Éireann issued a status orange warning last night, as winds of 110km/h caused Aer Lingus to cancel a number of flights due to depart this morning. There are limited replacement buses but road closures are also likely.

Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

Both Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall have also been closed throughout today due to the high winds.

Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and almost 100 were without power in south Wales.

A yellow weather warning is in place tomorrow across large parts of north west and west Wales, with further heavy and persistent rainfall forecast.

Rail services were plagued by delays, with severe weather affecting services between Preston and Scotland, across Wales, and in South West England.

The Road Safety Authority have also urged drivers to exercise caution during the storm and have said that motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas. "We've got a wind warning which covers all the western side of the UK".

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Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "The wind gusts will approach 40-50mph across western parts of Scotland, Wales, western England and Northern Ireland".

There are no reported power outages across the county - as well as no major obstructions or debris reported across the road network.

The rain will continue from today into Saturday with over 100mm expected in places. "That's quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding".

Whitchurch in Pembrokeshire saw 15mm of rain fall in a matter of hours on Friday morning as Michael moved in.

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, in Wales, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours.

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

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