Gales and heavy rain to end the week

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Tayside and Fife could avoid the worst of Storm Callum, which is predicted to batter much of Scotland with 80mph wind and torrential rain in the coming days.

By Sunday, the weather is expected to settle down slightly as both warnings are lifted.

"Further warnings were being considered later Friday across parts of the south and east, with the risk for another swathe winds and rain", according to Met Éireann.

The Met Office said there will be strong winds and rainfall up to 10cm, leading to possible flooding and hard driving conditions.

A Status orange warning for winds is in place for Cork and Kerry from 10pm on Thursday.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.

The Met Office Amber Warning for rain is in place from 6am to midnight on Friday.

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There will be spells of heavy rainfall and high tides with the possibility of coastal flooding. Winds will be strongest overnight and early tomorrow, gusting between 110kph and 130kph on the coasts.

"The track of this storm is a bit further north than Storm Ali, so therefore Callum shouldn't be as damaging as Ali was in central parts of the country".

She said the Atlantic storm would begin to hit on Thursday night and its impact will be felt through Friday and well into the weekend in the shape of wind and heavy rain.

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England".

Limerick City and County Council is monitoring the situation very closely and liaising with Met Éireann and the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.

"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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