Status Orange warning in place as Storm Callum approaches

Traffic tries to navigate floods on the Castlebar to Belmullet road in Co Mayo yesterday

Met Office is urging people to be prepared for potential dangers with weather warnings in place as Storm Callum prepares to batter Northern Ireland on Friday.

Issuing a total of three weather warnings - two orange and one yellow - different counties are expected to be hit at various times and levels of severity. Along with a spell of heavy rain and high tides, there is a risk of some coastal flooding.

Cllr John Campbell says areas of South Donegal which have been prone to flooding in the past owing to high tides could still be vulnerable.

The remainder of the country is covered by a Status Yellow Wind Warning and will remain in place until 9am Friday.

From midnight on Saturday, weather experts have warned of yet more "heavy and persistent" rainfall across the city.

The heaviest of the rain is expected to fall in the south and east of Ireland.

"Netweather Forecaster Jo Farrow said" Storm Callum is expected to bring very strong winds to western Britain and Northern Ireland during Friday morning, lasting for NW Scotland into the afternoon. There is also the risk of further severe Southerly winds impinging onto Southern and Eastern coastal areas during the day.

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

Officials said on Thursday morning that many schools could face closure on Friday, but that any decisions on school or business closures, as well as impacts to public transport systems, will not become fully apparent until tomorrow morning.

Stay safe on the roads in the coming days.

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Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs said: "It's vital that we all take a look at our own road behaviour and adapt it accordingly to minimise incidents during this weather".

They have advised drivers to keep an eye on local weather and traffic reports and the conditions in their area.

Storm Callum is the third named storm of the season.

Last month, strong winds associated with Storm Ali caused damage and disruption all over the country.

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