Storm Callum takes its toll on UK
STORM Callum battered parts of the UK yesterday as winds of up to 76mph and torrential rain left more than a 1,000 homes without power.
The UK’s third named storm of the year promoted warnings of flooding and travel disruption and forced the Met Office to issue a 36-hour amber alert – the level meaning be prepared – for much of South Wales yesterday.
Callum brought chaos to the region which experienced six inches of rain, while further south, winds of almost 80mph battered the Isles of Scilly.
Warnings remain in place for north-east England, north-west England, south-west Scotland, Lothian, Borders, south-west England and Yorkshire and Humber.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “We’ve got a wind warning which covers all the western side of the UK.
“That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and likely to be some bridge and power outages.
“We also have yellow and amber warnings of between two inches and six inches of rain for Wales. That’s quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding.”
The stormy conditions are due to disrupt public transport, meaning more vehicles on the road.
Dozens of flights out of Belfast City, Dublin, Cardiff and Newquay airports were cancelled yesterday, DOG walkers are being urged to avoid one of the UK’s most poisonous killers – conkers.
Horse chestnut tree seeds contain toxins that cause pets to vomit, collapse and suffer fatal respiratory paralysis.
They also cause deadly blockages in an animal’s digestive system.
Dogs show symptoms of poisoning within one to six hours of eating the nuts.
Pets charity Blue Cross issued the alert yesterday after treating several casualties.
A spokesman said: “Conkers may be synonymous with autumn.
“But few people realise that these nuts can pose a serious health risk to your pet if ingested.
“Although cases are rare, Blue Cross has treated dogs who have fallen very ill after eating conkers.”
Pet health experts say conkers contain a chemical there is closures while mainline train services in Wales, Devon and Cornwall were also affected by the severe weather conditions.
Met Office chief meteorologist Will Lang warned of the increased danger to the public in coastal areas.
He said: “The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.”
Green Flag predicted that almost 23,000 breakdowns would occur on called aesculin, found in all parts of the horse chestnut tree, including the leaves, which is toxic to dogs.
Anyone who suspects their dog may have eaten a conker should contact a vet for immediate advice.
A poisoned dog will need rehydrating and medicating and may, in rare cases, have to undergo surgery to remove any blockages. Britain’s roads due to the hazardous conditions, equating to a staggering 16 breakdowns every minute.
The mayhem should be short lived, however, with Storm Callum expected to have relinquished its grip on much of Britain by tomorrow afternoon.
The stormy conditions came after the UK’s hottest October day in seven years on Wednesday, with west London reaching 76.3F (24.6C) and night-time temperatures only falling to 61F (16C) in the capital.
DOGS WHO CHASE CONKERS ‘ARE DICING WITH DEATH’
Blown away... waves crash over the sea wall at Porthcawl yesterday and inset, a commuter in Bristol struggles
Autumnal favourite...but conkers contain deadly toxins for a dog