Thousands without power this morning as Storm Callum hits Ireland overnight

Storm Callum is packing heavy rain and strong winds

Storm Callum is packing heavy rain and strong winds

Storm Callum has hit the region.

Twenty-one Aer Lingus flights scheduled to travel to and from Dublin airport today were also cancelled.

The airport's spokesman said the wind has died down this afternoon, but advice to passengers is to continue to check the status of their flight with their airline.

30 thousand homes and businesses nationwide are without power this morning - mostly in the south of the country.

Flood warnings remained throughout Wales.

Friday's weather could impact travel plans during the morning commute, with Met office warning "road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible".

A series of weather warnings stretching from the north-west coast of Scotland to Land's End, including Northern Ireland are in place, while a number of flood warnings and alerts are in force across south-west England and south Wales.

Cheshire Police said it had received "quite a few" weather-related calls on Friday morning, while Isle of Man Police warned motorists of windy and rainy conditions causing issues on the roads.

In wet weather drivers are urged to slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles is making it hard to see and be seen and remember that stopping distances will be at least double in wet weather, keep well back from the vehicle in front, and ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for heavy rain in south Wales until 18:00 BST on Saturday.

According to Met Éireann, there's going to be further rain through Saturday.

Strong winds saw speed restrictions imposed on many lines while flooding and falling trees also caused problems- with reduced Virgin services between London Euston, Birmingham New Street, and Edinburgh and Glasgow, and delays in Devon and Cornwall, Network Rail said.

Today, Sunderland has taken a drenching with very little let-up in the torrential weather - and it's set to continue into tomorrow.

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