Severe weather warnings likely as Storm Callum bears down on Ireland
A storm currently brewing in the Atlantic is likely to bring severe weather to Ireland with multiple weather warnings likely on Thursday night and Friday this week.
Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel says "at present, all the available weather models indicate that a severe storm, which will be named Callum, is likely to affect parts of the country during Friday, with hurricane force gusts of wind possible on Atlantic coastal counties."
"Currently, it looks as though Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal will experience the worst of the storm, with gusts of up to 150 km/h possible, but inland areas may also see gusts of up to 130 km/h," the Offaly meteorologist warned.
These winds are "certainly strong enough to cause disruption to power services and transport, while flooding is also likely to affect parts of the west this coming week."
"Persistent spells of heavy rain are expected across west Connacht, southwest Munster and Northwest Ulster. Totals in excess of 100 mm seem probable in some locations by the end of this week, with even higher totals likely in mountainous areas. Caution is advised if driving during such conditions and remember never to drive into water where the depths are unknown," Nolan added.
"This storm will require constant monitoring over the coming days," he concluded.