Advice from Wicklow County Council as the country prepares for Storm Callum

Met Eireann issues status yellow warning with 'wet and very windy' weather expected

"There will be rain later tonight and, combined with winds and high tides, there is a risk of coastal flooding".

A Status yellow wind warning is in place for counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary, from midnight on Thursday until Friday morning.

Storm Callum will hit Cork, Kerry (both of whom were in the first warning), Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare (all of whom were in the second warning) and "Southeast winds veering southwest will gust generally between 100 and 130km/h, higher in some coastal areas and on high ground".

"It may only be mid-October but it appears nearly certain that Ireland is going to be hit by its third storm of the 2018/2019 winter season and it's vital that we all take a look at our own road behaviour and adapt it accordingly to minimise incidents during this weather", Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated.

Ireland's national forecaster Met Eireann has also warned of severe flooding along coasts.

Storm Callum is set to hit the United Kingdom later this week, bringing heavy rain and gale-force winds up to 80mph, as the Met Office says there is a danger to life.

Strong winds are expected to arrive across Northern Ireland during Thursday night, continue to spread by Friday morning.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for parts of the United Kingdom on Friday and Saturday.

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

The warning is in effect until Saturday, October 13 at 9pm.

The AA is advising motorists to reduce speed accordingly to improve their ability to maintain control of their vehicle when driving through areas affected by Storm Callum.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday in these areas, gusting between 90kph and 110kph.

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

The weather has already caused misery this week for Scots, with strong winds and rain causing disruption to the transport network.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are also expected to hit Pembrokeshire, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

"Certainly, we will have some localised flooding in the east, but the biggest problems will be in the south and west", Ms Cusack continued.

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