Met Eireann warns Wicklow to be prepared for storm tonight

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country

Met Éireann has issued a status Orange warning for Clare and 12 other counties, with gusts of up to 130 kilometres an hour expected overnight tonight.

Shropshire is on the edge of a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office - and Mid Wales is right in the firing line. These maybe get updated to Amber as the forecast gains more confidence.

"It is here that there is the greatest chance of wind-related impacts". It is likely that Irish Sea ferries and those to the Scottish Islands will be impacted throughout Friday. There will be rough seas and large waves, making coastal areas risky.

THE Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for later this week, predicting that an incoming storm could bring deep flood water.

The new weather system arriving from the Atlantic is set to batter the United Kingdom with gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rain.

However forecasters say Tayside and Fife may well dodge the worst of the windy conditions come Friday.

"There will be storm force or gale force gusts, which can be severe or damaging". And another for Saturday which covers more of Scotland.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills. "There could be localised flooding issues".

Storm Callum, which is named by the Irish Met service, is set to bring widespread strong winds across the United Kingdom on Friday.

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.

Some CalMac ferry sailings were disrupted or cancelled because of the weather, including services from Mallaig and Armadale.

The east coast may experience some "localised flooding" but it is not expected to be widespread, unlike the aforementioned counties. There will be rain as well later in the night and combined with the stormy winds and high tides, coastal flooding is likely.

The weather system will initially have the greatest impact on the west of the country and then move north, however all of the country will be hit. The west coast of Dorset may continue to be affected on Saturday morning. It added some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.

The warmth for SE Britain remains through Friday and could peak on Saturday, with 25 or 26C possible.

Keep an eye on the rainfall live, using Netweather Radar.

Mean (sustained) wind speeds - Gales 39-46mph.

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