Thousands left without power after Storm Callum sweeps United Kingdom and Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom - Met Eireann has extended the status orange weather warning for Galway until 5 this evening.

Strong to gales force winds will affect Ireland and the United Kingdom during Friday 12 Oct. Gusts of 60 to 70mph are forecast, possibly higher for exposed hills and coastlines.

Up to 5 inches (120-160 mm) of rain is possible over higher ground in the south and southwest of the United Kingdom, approaching the region's monthly average.

Dublin Airport issued a statement on Twitter to say that Storm Callum "is not having a significant impact on operations" and that the airport is "operating as normal this morning".

It has warned heavy rainfall moving in from the South West could present a risk to life and issued a 36-hour amber warning for Wales.

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides. The high winds, combined with heavy rain, could see leaves and twigs blocking drains, making flooding more likely, Mr Burkhill said.

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There was also bad news for commuters in south Wales, with Arriva cancelling a number of train services for the morning due to the high winds and heavy rain.

Winds of up to 130km are expected, possibly going even higher in coastal areas. There are also reports of a fallen tree at the Milltown Road, Belfast.

Here, Clare County Council has held meetings involving various responders as they monitor the expected situation locally.

Passengers are advised to check service updates with ferry companies before travelling from either Holyhead or Fishguard.

"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".

Despite there being no weather warning now in place for Wrexham on Saturday, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout most the day. There are limited replacement buses but road closures are also likely.

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