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Storm Callum: Flights cancelled and schools closed - see how your area is affected

Mirror logo Mirror 12/10/2018 Shauna Corr

Storm Callum is expected to bring torrential rain and winds of up to 70 mph to parts of the UK on Friday.

Experts have warned of huge waves hitting coastal areas - and yellow warnings have been put in place amid fears of travel chaos.

The Met Office has said that the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland are expected to be worst hit.

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Flooding is expected during Friday and Saturday, the chief forecaster has revealed.

Meteorologists believe eastern areas of Northern Ireland will be hit by the strongest winds in the early hours of Friday, followed by Scotland in mid-morning.

It is thought wind could reach 80mph in the Western Isles on Friday, and a wind warning is in place between 3am and midnight.

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A further Yellow Rain Warning has been put in place covering Cumbria and parts of North West England and Wales.

It is possible that areas of high ground could see as much as four inches of rain in just 12 hours, meaning there is a risk of flooding.

School closures

Schools and colleges should stay closed on Friday if there is a risk to safety, the Department of Education has insisted. The Department of Education and Skills has released a statement telling institutions to "err on the side of caution", the Irish Mirror reports . 

The statement said: "Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána.

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"In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so.

"Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, - where it exists, - might present a risk to child safety.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses and will follow any advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group."

The national forecaster has put in place a Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.

The warnings are valid until Friday between 9am and 6pm. The rest of the country is issued with a Status Yellow wind warning.

Flight cancellations

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky © Credits: Publicity Picture Flybe has cancelled 25 flights both in and out of Belfast City Airport on Friday morning because of Storm Callum.

The airline said the decision to ground its 76-seater Bombardier Q400 planes was made in the interests of passenger safety, Belfast Live reports.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the high winds forecast for Friday 12 October, all Flybe operated flights departing from Belfast City Airport from 6am to 9.30am have been cancelled, apart from flight BE731 to Leeds Bradford and BE680 to Edinburgh which have been delayed until later that day.

"Customers affected by the cancellations should not travel to the airport.

"The safety of its passengers and crew is our number one priority and Flybe will, as always, do everything possible to minimise any disruption."

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The airline said customers affected have two options. They can either rebook on alternative travel or get a refund.

The first Flybe flight cancelled is the Manchester bound flight at 6.20am with the last cancellation listed as the 9.55am flight to Exeter.

But those leaving the airport are not the only ones who will impacted. Flights arriving from a number other airports have also been grounded.

Arrival cancellations start with the 7.20 flight from Cardiff, right through to the 12.50 Exeter plane.

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For booking made via, there is an online tool that allows changes to bookings within the next 7 days or to claim a refund if your flight has been cancelled.

Those due to travel out of George Best Belfast City Airport can get up to date information on their flights here .

No flights appear to be affected out of Belfast International Airport at this time.

Up to date information on Flybe flights is available here or by calling 0371 700 2000 (if calling from within the UK), or 0207 308 0812 (if calling from outside of the UK).

UK weather by region


It will rain throughout the day on Friday, with strong winds and gales on exposed hills and coasts.

However forecasters expect temperatures to remain mild, peaking at around 18C.

There will be more heavy rain and winds on Saturday, but it is expected to be drier on Sunday.


North West England

People in the North West can expect rain throughout on Friday, with several heavy bursts.

Winds are set to be strong, reaching gale force in some places. This is set to continue on Saturday, although Sunday is expected to be calmer.

a group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella: A yellow warning has been put in place for heavy rain on Friday and Saturday © STEVE ALLEN A yellow warning has been put in place for heavy rain on Friday and Saturday

North East England

Friday is set to be windy with outbreaks of rain, which will be heavy at times.

However some eastern parts of the region are set to remain dry, with a top temperature of 18C.

On Saturday the Met Office predicts more rain, which will often be heavy with strong winds.

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Sunday is likely to be wet, but with winds easing.


Friday will start wet and windy but there are expected to be sunny spells.

However as the day progresses cloud will increase and there will be heavy rain spreading north.

Saturday will see persistent and heavy rain before more settled weather follows on Sunday.

a group of people sitting on a bench near the water: The woman took selfies next to the pram as dangerous waves crashed nearby © SWNS - Cambridge The woman took selfies next to the pram as dangerous waves crashed nearby

East Midlands

Friday will be windy with outbreaks of heavy rain.

Eastern areas are set to see long dry periods and it will be humid with a top temperature of 20C.

On Saturday it is expected to be windy with heavy rain.

West Midlands

Forecasters expect it to rain most of the day on Friday, with some heavy bursts.

Winds will remain strong, with gales possible on exposed hills, although the temperature will be mild.

More heavy rain and gales are predicted on Saturday.

East of England

Friday is set to be a dry day with sunny spells and a top temperature of 21C, according to the Met Office.

Saturday will be mostly dry and windy, although there is the possibility of rain later in the day.

South East England

Friday will be a dry day with some bright spells, with an anticipated high of 21C.

Saturday will be mostly dry, although there could be rain later in the day.

South West England

a person standing on a sidewalk © Credits: Getty Images The Met Office expects Friday to bring heavy rain, with gales on exposed hills and coasts.

The temperature will peak at around 19C.

Saturday will see heavy rain and gales, although it will be drier on Sunday.

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.”

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On Saturday heavy rain in England and Wales is expected to move north, when a further Yellow Weather Warning is in place.

The Met Office says heaviest rainfall will be across Wales, before moving into parts of Scotland.

There is potential for a further 3.1 inches of rain to fall in affected areas.

Sioned Warrell, Natural Resources Wales Duty Tactical Manager, said: “The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves.

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“Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important.

"You can check our website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for any Flood Warnings that may be in place and keep an eye on weather reports and local news for details of any disruption in your area.

“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.”


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