Storm Callum hits UK – bringing 76mph winds and heavy downpours

Stormy conditions hit the UK and parts of the south coast
Stormy conditions hit the UK and parts of the south coast

PARTS of the UK have been battered overnight by Storm Callum –the third storm of the season.  

Winds of 76 mph and heavy downpours have caused travel chaos and left homes without power.

Wales and Northern Ireland have already felt the full wrath of the storm with an amber warning issued due to the potential danger to life.

Yellow warnings are currently in place for other parts of the country.

Flybe has cancelled 25 flights in and out of Belfast City Airport and there are more than 1000 homes without power in Northern Ireland.

The Department for Education has urged schools, colleges and universities to "err on the side of caution" if there is an apparent risk to safety.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “Strong winds at this time of year can increase the rate of leaf fall which can potentially block drains or culverts and, with the heavy rainfall expected over Friday and Saturday, could well heighten the potential for flooding.

"There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.”

The Isle of Wight ferry is running a revised timetable and motorists have been warned to drive carefully due to the strong winds.