Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

LOUTH WEATHER Storm Callum has'potential to cause damage

LOUTH WEATHER Storm Callum has'potential to cause damage

The Indian summer is finally petering out as Storm Callum threatens to bring strong winds and the possibility of flooding to parts of the United Kingdom tomorrow. Gusts in excess of 90 km/h were recorded widely, with up to 125 km/h gusts in parts of the west.

ESB Networks has reported outages in Donegal, Mayo, and Cavan, together with large outages in Kerry, Limerick, Cork and Dublin. In Northern Ireland, hundreds of homes and businesses experienced power loss.

Mr Hand said crews stand ready in all areas of the country and would be deployed when safe to do so.

Galway is one of thirteen coastal counties that have been issued with orange warnings ahead of Callum making landfall.

The statement said: "Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána".

Ms Donnelly said the storm is 350km off the west coast and is tracking north.

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"Further warnings were considered across parts of the south and east later Friday, owing to another swathe of wind and rain".

The National Emergency Coordination Group is to be meet at 3pm this afternoon to discuss preparations and response to the storm.

If you are on the roads, be wary, as trees that were weakened by Storm Ali could pose an additional hazard.

Services between Bray-Greystones and Howth-Howth Junction have resumed after earlier disruption. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgement in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so.

There is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

"The public are asked to be careful on all roads due to surface water flooding and in coastal areas, especially at high tide".

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