Storm Callum is expected to grace Irish shores this evening, October 11th, with forecasters warning that gusts may reach up to 130km/hr in places.
The storm is expected to form later today, Thursday, and into Friday morning with a rapidly deepening Atlantic storm depression advancing towards the west of Ireland and tracking northwards. This will eventually pull away towards Iceland on Friday afternoon, though Met Éireann have warned of further “damaging gusts” in places.
The forecasters say the strongest gusts associated with Storm Callum will occur from Thursday night and into Friday morning. Thirteen counties were issued with a status orange wind warning as a result of the impending storm, with forecast of gusts reaching up to 130km/hr and a risk of coastal flooding and damage.
Met Eireann warn that even though the strong winds should be the main concern, a spell of heavy rain, possibly thundery, will occur.
“Possibly damaging and disruptive southeast winds will veer southwest after the passage of this front, with the strongest of the winds set to impact coastal areas.” They warn.
“Additionally, there is a concern for storm surge, coastal flooding, and overtopping of waves around coasts, especially Atlantic coasts, due to the coinciding high spring tides.” The warning continues.
They noted that an Orange level warning is issued for wind speeds with the capacity to produce dangerous, stormy conditions which may constitute a risk to life and property.
Further Warnings -
Met Éireann have issued a number of warnings to the public ahead of the storm.
- Stay away from exposed coastal areas for the period of the ORANGE warning.
- Drive to anticipate strong crosswinds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds – slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
- Be aware of local conditions in your area; wind strengths can vary significantly from place to place (depending on the direction and local topography).