Status Orange weather warning for Galway to remain in place until 5pm

Lester Mason
October 12, 2018

A series of weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, stretching from north west coast of Scotland to Land's End.

The Met Office is warning that there exists the potential for injuries and danger to life, the possibility of damage to buildings and disruption to travel.

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. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

The county council is urging motorists to avoid all coastal roads, and to only make essential journeys.

Windsor, the scene of Friday's royal wedding, was expected to escape the worst of the storm.

"Even though the high winds will be the main concern, a spell of heavy and possibly thundery rain will occur too, making for an extremely windy and wet start, with squally conditions associated with the secondary cold front as it tracks north-eastwards up across the country". "Road users should also be aware of the risk of their vehicles aquaplaning on standing water".

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation.

Train cancellations will affect those travelling the Shrewsbury to Aberyswyth line through Mid Wales all weekend.

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales".

While heavy rain is expected to continue into Saturday, the wind is now forecast to ease off by Friday evening.

Will Lang, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts..."

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at or by calling 0345 988 1188.

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