Met Éireann issue updated status orange weather warning for five counties

BREAKING Storm Callum officially named as Weather Warnings upgraded to Orange for many areas

There will be occasionally strong southeasterly winds, which will then ease.

The national forecaster has issued the Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork and Waterford from 10pm Thursday to 9am Friday. It is quite a wet and windy day on Friday itself with outbreaks of rain. If it drifts further east, we would be in for stronger winds.

Galway is one of thirteen coastal counties that have been issued with orange warnings ahead of Callum making landfall.

While heavy rain is expected to continue into the Saturday, the wind is now believed to ease off by Friday evening.

After the worst of the wind has swept the country, the tail-end of Hurricane Leslie will bring rainfall, raising the prospect of coastal and river flooding.

"There is the also the risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and surge". Lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees will occur early in the night.

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

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding or by calling 0345 988 1188.

Rain will clear to showers in Northern parts but further heavy rain is likely to spread into Southern and Eastern areas with the ongoing flooding risk.

It comes after the United Kingdom enjoyed unseasonably high temperatures on Wednesday with Northolt, London, reaching 24.6C.

The Met office have issued a yellow weather warning as Storm Callum brings a spell of heavy and persistent rain for tomorrow.

A spokesperson said the western county was experiencing a period of "very high astronomical spring tides". With trees still in part leaf, there is a concern for felling as well. There is a chance of gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles during Friday afternoon and evening. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds".

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