Severe gales from Storm Callum disrupt the UK

The southeast of England won’t see much of Storm Callum today, but the rest of the UK will experience heavy rain and very strong winds. Most of Scotland and the west of England is under severe weather warnings, and Government officials have sent out several flood alerts as they fear the storm will bring sea water over the island nation’s coastal defences.

As always, the UK Met Office remains vigilant and is keeping the nation’s residents up to date via their Twitter account. Britons are on high alert, expecting a number of disruptions on the roads, railways, and at airports from today and throughout the weekend.

Today’s weather will largely be filled with high winds and rainfall. The morning of Saturday 13th will start calmly at first before persistent rain washes across most of the UK; with potential coastal gales through the Irish sea. Sunday 14th will be much better as the last of Storm Callum starts to move on, the start of the day will be chilly with some morning rain, but some sunshine is expected.

Storm Callum is expected to strengthen as it travels across the UK. Weather experts have advised that the UK can expect winds of up to 80mph, particularly across Britain’s west coast. Though the strongest of Storm Callum’s winds will affect the western half of England and most of Wales, other parts of England will still feel some of the impact of the storm.

Coastal areas like Aberystwyth are being battered by the high winds. Hundreds of homes are without power as Storm Callum sweeps across Wales. The entire country is on an amber warning for Friday morning, through to Saturday. Flood alerts are in place for South Wales, especially in the Cardiff and Swansea areas.

More than 1,000 homes in Northern Ireland are also without power, and dozens of flights have been cancelled at Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport. The storm is also affecting local festivities – The Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival, which was due to take place on Saturday 13th in Ballyclare, has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

Areas with amber warnings can expect flooding, delays and cancellations for train and bus services, building damage due to flooding, and power cuts. On the other hand, people who live in areas with yellow weather warnings should remember vigilant when leaving their homes to travel; yellow warnings often signify severely bad weather with possible travel delays and disruptions to daily activities. Residents of the UK are warned to be careful if they’re outside during the storm.

Storm Callum has shown some worrying similarities to the Great Storm which struck on October 15th, 1987. The storm killed a known 22 people, and gusts of 130 mph ripped trees from the ground, tore off roof tiles, and knocked out power supplies. Thankfully, despite some of the parallels that experts noticed, Storm Callum seems as though it won’t be devastating the UK; and it should have almost completely cleared up by Sunday evening.

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