Met Eireann warns Wicklow to be prepared for storm tonight

A Yellow Rain Warning is in place from 6am to midnight on Friday for heavy, slow moving, rain that will affect Cumbria and parts of North West England and Wales.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain across much of south Wales for tomorrow and Saturday.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, with fast flowing or deep floodwater which could cause a danger to life.

On Saturday, areas over high ground could see a further 50 to 80mm of rain. Spray and flooding is also likely to lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

After the worst of the wind has swept the country, the tail-end of Hurricane Leslie will bring rainfall, raising the prospect of coastal and river flooding. Expect the unexpected. Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with multi-agency partners to monitor the situation.

However, it is Friday (October 12) which will see the full force of Storm Callum.

"The strongest winds associated with this event will occur during the night-time hours and Friday morning rush-hour commute".

It is because the storm is likely to coincide with high tides around the south Wales coast.

A National Emergency Coordination group has now been set up in order to deal with the storm. "There could be localised flooding issues".

The weather system will initially have the greatest impact on the west of the country and then move north, however all of the country will be hit. There is the potential for flooding in these areas.

"We are urging people to take the necessary precautions", Ms Lowe said.

"There will be rain later tonight and, combined with winds and high tides, there is a risk of coastal flooding".

The forecaster's Atlantic rain charts reveal that Friday's storm will be followed by some heavy rain on Saturday with the next belt following early next week.

Where flooding may occur there is a chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.