Aquadam to be installed at Spanish Arch ahead of Storm Callum

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

The forecaster issued the status yellow weather advisory for Ireland.

A second Status Orange wind warning was issued for the western counties: Donegal; Galway; Mayo; Sligo; Clare; and Kerry.

Met Éireann said strong winds associated with Storm Callum could reach speeds of between 110km/h and 130km/h.

Storm Callum, which was named on Wednesday, will also bring with it a downpour of rain on Saturday - which could cause flooding across the local area.

The yellow warning runs from 05:00 BST on Friday until midnight on Saturday and the amber warning from 06:00 on Friday until 18:00 on Saturday.

However, it is Friday (October 12) which is set to see the full force of Storm Callum, with increasing cloud which brings rain northwards through the afternoon.

"An ORANGE level warning is issued by Met Éireann for wind speeds with the capacity to produce unsafe, stormy conditions which may constitute a risk to life and property".

The forecaster has advised people to stay away from exposed coastal areas for the duration of the warning.

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"High winds can be particularly risky as vulnerable road users can be blown off course and into the path of oncoming traffic meaning motorists must slow down in general and also allow extra distance when overtaking cyclists or pedestrians".

A road that was closed after an accident at Slieve Gullion forest park near Newry, Co Down, where a contractor working for Northern Ireland Water died after he was hit by a falling tree as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Ireland.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 90 and 110 km/h at coasts.

"The strongest winds associated with this event will occur during the night-time hours and Friday morning rush-hour commute".

In wet weather drivers are urged to slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles is making it hard to see and be seen and remember that stopping distances will be at least double in wet weather, keep well back from the vehicle in front, and ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive.

The rain is accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.

"There will be storm force or gale force gusts, which can be severe or damaging".

Be careful out there, folks. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds".

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