Storm Callum to continue with heavy rain, damaging winds in UK through Friday afternoon

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
October 12, 2018, 10:22:22 AM EDT

Storm Callum will continue with flooding and damaging winds to much of the United Kingdom and Ireland through Friday.

Callum continues its northeasterly treck on the northern side of the British Islands on Friday.

Areas most at risk for damaging winds will be across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Wind gusts of 60-80 mph (97-129 km/h) are possible from late Thursday night through Friday with highest gusts likely along west-facing coastal locations and in the higher terrain.

Gusty winds are also likely along the southwestern coast of England and Wales and could surpass 50 mph (80 km/h).


Disruption to travel may include train and flight delays, cancellations and bridge closures during the worst of the storm.

M48 Severn Bridge in Wales was closed in both directions on Friday, due to the strong winds, according to the South Wales Argus.

Onshore winds will also bring coastal flooding and rough seas through Friday evening.

Elsewhere, locally damaging winds will be possible with gusts of 40-50 mph (65-80 km/h).

The strong winds could still be hazardous farther inland in interior portions of England and Wales.

This could make for breezy conditions all the way to London, including at the Royal wedding behing held at Windsor Castle on Friday.

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Flash flooding cannot be ruled out throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom due to the expected downpours.

A front will linger behind Callum into the weekend, bringing more gusty winds and heavy rain. While expected to be less intense, damaging winds and localized flooding will remain a concern.

"Wind gusts of 40-50 mph (65-80 km/h) are expected from the storm Friday night into Saturday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

Trees that have been weakened during Callum will be more susceptible of being downed during this front.

Areas most likely to have the most severe impacts from this storm include much of Wales and northern England.

Elsewhere, both Hurricane Leslie and Michael will aim for Europe through the weekend. While both are expected to remain south and west of the British Isles, both could impact Spain and Portugal by early next week.

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