Power cuts and school closures feared as Storm Callum arrives

Angelo Anderson
October 13, 2018

Thousands of homes are without power this morning after Storm Callum brought very strong winds and heavy rain overnight.

As the storm continued to move eastward, the UK Met Office issued an amber rain weather warning in areas of southern Wales, with 40-80 mm of rain expected and a yellow status warning for southern England as the UK braces for the storm to hit.

Coasts on the South and Western parts of the country are set to be most badly affected.

"South Wales in particular is a cause for concern, with an amber warning in force", Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned. Temperatures in the capital could quite easily get to 78F (26C) over the course of the day.

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, has already recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours - way above the region's monthly total of 169mm.

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. There will also be heavy and persistent rain across a swathe of Britain leading to flooding and further disruption.

A Met Office amber warning - the second highest - is still in place for heavy rain in South Wales until 6pm tonight after starting on Friday.

Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important.

'The east and south east of England will see the best of the drier and brighter weather, where it will be even warmer than yesterday and could reach 25C - way above average for the time of the year'.

Those planning to travel ahead of the weekend should note there may be significant disruption following the storm.

A series of weather warnings stretching from the north-west coast of Scotland to Land's End, including Northern Ireland are in place, while a number of flood warnings and alerts are in force across south-west England and south Wales.

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