Storm Callum: Warning as heavy rain and wind continue to batter Lancashire

Weather warnings are in place for strong winds and heavy rain

The highest speeds were recorded on the Isles of Scilly in the early hours of Friday morning, while 60mph gales were recorded in Camborne in Cornwall and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

The warning comes into affect from 5am on Friday lasting throughout the day until 9pm.

The MET Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area and says people can expect delays to their journeys.

He said that some high areas in south wales could see up to 200mm of rain by Sunday when the monthly total for the region is 169mm.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind have also been issued across much of the west coast of the United Kingdom, from northern Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has spoken of his sadness at the loss of life during Storm Callum.

"South Wales in particular is a cause for concern, with an amber warning in force", Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned.

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More than 60,000 homes and businesses were left without power across the island.

ESB Networks is now reporting major outages and power faults in 9 counties which include Kilkenny, Mayo, Wexford, Kildare, Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Galway.

"We have experienced unprecedented river levels and the worst flooding we have seen in Carmarthenshire for over 30 years", said Carmarthenshire's Head of Transport and Engineering Stephen Pilliner.

More than two dozen flights were also cancelled at Dublin Airport due to the winds. Independent bookshop Bookish offered residents of Bridge Street and New Road affected by the flooding who needed somewhere "warm and dry" the chance to call in for a free hot drink and piece of cake. But there had been no confirmation was open again by 10.30am.

There have also been reports of fallen trees and flooding in parts with further warnings of hazardous conditions throughout the day.

The storm has caused severe power cuts that have largely affected southwest Ireland.

THE miners' strike review event at Cumnock Town Hall tomorrow has been postponed due to Storm Callum.

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