Storm Callum: Amber weather alert issued for Wales

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Storm Callum has begun lashing parts of the United Kingdom with winds up to 76mph and torrential rain, prompting warnings of flooding and travel disruption.

Areas of high ground will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a statement asking drivers and other road users to exercise caution as Storm Callum approaches Ireland.

The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

Coasts on the south and west of the country are expected to be the worst affected by the storm, with risks of heavy flooding and structural damage.

A yellow weather warning over wind has been put in place for western and northern areas of Scotland on Friday. There will also be heavy and persistent rain across a swathe of Britain leading to flooding and further disruption.

"Now we've already got the rain and the gusty winds coming in from the west, gusts currently about 50-60 miles per hour".

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"Despite clearance efforts by the Council, the high winds will increase the amount of falling leaves and block drains very quickly, exacerbating flooding" he warned. Expect the unexpected. Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Winds will continue into tomorrow morning.

NRW will issue flood alerts and warnings if rivers reach trigger levels, with teams monitoring river levels 24 hours a day.

Forecasters have warned the storm could cause a "risk to life and property".

'We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland, ' Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

Wherever in the United Kingdom you are we want to hear how you have been affected and how you are coping or preparing now and throughout the winter.

Due to the threat of coastal flooding, Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail have amended services on the Swansea to Carmarthen line from 07:00 BST to 11:00 and after 19:00.

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