Department of Education issue statement on schools opening during Storm Callum

Minnie Murray
October 12, 2018

The storm is expected to track on a north-northeasterly path over the coming 24 hours, bringing with it some potentially damaging winds.

Storm Callum is now experiencing what is know in the world of meteorology as "bombogenesis", where by a system deepens by more than 24hPa inside a 24hr period.

Storm Callum has been upgraded from a yellow to an amber weather warning, which covers a large part of Pembrokeshire on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.

Spray and flooding is also likely to lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

A status yellow wind warning for Limerick, which has been issued by Met Éireann, takes effect from midnight and will remain in place until 9am on Friday.

The Met Office has therefore warned that there is chance of injuries and a danger to life. Originally, the warning for these counties was to be observed from 11pm Thursday night until 1pm on Friday. Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 90 and 110 km/h at coasts. There is the risk of localised flooding, tricky conditions on the roads with surface water and spray.

Callum is the third named storm of the 2018/19 season, following Ali and Bronagh which both camer in September.

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

James Nicholas of Arriva Trains Wales said: "There is significant rain expected this weekend across Wales coupled with high winds and very high tides, particularly up on the Cambrian Coast - linking in to Shrewsbury".

The National Emergency Coordination Group is meeting today to prepare for the arrival of Storm Callum.

"Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe".

Ireland will bear the brunt of the storm, but gusts of 80mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with up to 10cm of rain falling.

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