Thou­sands left with­out power as storms bat­ter Ire­land and Bri­tain

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS OF house­holds were left with­out power and dozens of flights grounded af­ter Storm Cal­lum hit the UK and Ire­land.

Winds of more than 70mph buf­feted the Repub­lic of Ire­land, North­ern Ire­land and the west coast of Bri­tain along with tor­ren­tial rain when the storm hit in the early hours yes­ter­day.

The high­est winds of the morn­ing were 77mph recorded at 7am at Capel Curig in Gwynedd, North Wales, with 76mph gusts in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Cul­drose, in Corn­wall.

The Met Of­fice yes­ter­day is­sued an am­ber warn­ing risk to life for South Wales due to heavy rain, while the rest of the west coast is un­der a yel­low wind warn­ing for Fri­day and Satur­day.

It warned that heavy rain­fall mov­ing in from the South West could present a risk to life and is­sued a 36-hour am­ber warn­ing for Wales.

A spokesman for the Met Of­fice said some parts of the Wales could see more rain by Sun­day than they would ex­pect in the whole of Oc­to­ber.

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.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has is­sued two flood warn­ings across the south coast of Eng­land as well as more than 20 flood alerts. While Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales has not is­sued any flood warn­ings, it had is­sued five flood alerts for the south coast of the coun­try by Thurs­day even­ing.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land has been the worst af­fected by Storm Cal­lum, with 20,000 homes and busi­ness left with­out power yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Net­work op­er­a­tor ESB has re­ported mul­ti­ple faults across the Ir­ish Repub­lic, with coun­ties Cork, Kerry and Done­gal among the worst hit.

North­ern Ire­land Elec­tric­ity Net­works said 1,000 cus­tomers had been left with­out power, while Elec­tric­ity North West said four weather-re­lated faults had led to prob­lems for 419 cus­tomers in Cum­bria and Lan­cashire.

Western Power Dis­tri­bu­tion said more than 950 homes had been left with­out elec­tric­ity in the South-West and nearly 100 were with­out power in South Wales.

There was also bad news for com­muters in South Wales, with Ar­riva can­celling a num­ber of train ser­vices for the morn­ing due to the high winds and heavy rain.

Traf­fic Scot­land said the Forth Road Bridge was closed in both di­rec­tions yes­ter­day morn­ing as high winds threat­ened high­sided ve­hi­cles.

Top, a man risks the waves at Salthill prom­e­nade, Co Gal­way dur­ing Storm Cal­lum; above, waves hit Cawsand, Corn­wall as the storm ar­rives on the main­land.

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