Storm Callum: Warning as heavy rain and wind continue to batter Lancashire

Storm Callum is packing heavy rain and strong winds

There is also a yellow warning in place for more heavy rain in large areas of western Britain, covering much of the rest of Wales, as well as parts of Scotland and the north west and south west of England.

The most severe winds of 76 miles per hour were recorded on the Isles of Scilly, off the southwest coast of Cornwall, while winds of up to 60 miles per hour were recorded in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and in Camborne, Cornwall.

"Accompanying high tides will be big waves and we could see coastal impacts from those and inland impacts from those strong winds as well". ESB Networks announced that 30,000 homes were left without power.

Met Eireann announced that weather warnings for the west and northwest coast would remain in place today until 5pm.

The Road Safety Authority have also urged drivers to exercise caution during the storm and have said that motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

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The M48 Severn crossing near Chepstow was shut eastbound and closed to high-sided vehicles westbound on Friday evening.

The latest updated weather warning includes a description of winds for the north-east of the country that say gusts will likely stay between 100 and 130km/h up until 4pm.

Sky's weather forecaster Kirsty McCabe said: "During Saturday, pulses of rain will slowly edge northwards into much of Scotland, while also affecting parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland".

Whitchurch in Pembrokeshire saw 15mm of rain fall in a matter of hours on Friday morning as Michael moved in.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, almost as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales. 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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