Storm Callum batters Britain with galeforce winds and heavy rain

Storm Callum is expected to smash into Britain during Friday when a band of heavy rain and wind will pass over the country

Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area

There are still yellow alerts in place for wind and rain for Northern England and large swathes of England and Scotland.

A zone of heavy rain associated with an intense weather system affecting western parts of the United Kingdom will become slow moving for a time, bringing prolonged rainfall and the potential for surface water flooding.

A yellow weather warning over wind has been put in place for western and northern areas of Scotland on Friday.

The Met Office is warning that there exists the potential for injuries and danger to life, the possibility of damage to buildings and disruption to travel.

Areas of high ground could see over 60 mm of rain in 12 hours with some exposed locations seeing as much as 100 mm by the end of the day. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

The third storm of the 18/19 season is set to bring heavy downpours and strong gales to the country, with yellow weather warnings now in place in some areas.

In Camborne, Cornwall, gusts of 60mph were recorded and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire saw winds of 59mph.

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Arriva Trains Wales is planning to shut the line between 7am and 11am on Friday morning and in the evening.

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 36-hour amber warning for Wales has been issued where almost a month's rain could fall over 48 hours.

Warrell added: "Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe".

SEPA said that high tides are expected to affect the area Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire and Arran and Skye and Lochaber in particular, due to "a storm surge and large waves" associated with the storm.

While heavy rain is expected to continue into Saturday, the wind is now forecast to ease off by Friday evening.

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