Storm Callum is bringing travel chaos to large swathes of Britain today as 77mph winds and heavy rainfall blast the country and thousands are affected by adverse weather.
Thousands of homes are without power across Northern Ireland, the north of England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, as south Wales battles with 6.3in (160mm) of rain and 76mph winds hit the Isles of Scilly.
The UK’s third named storm of the year has brought an amber ‘danger to life’ warning from the Met Office, with growing concern over flooding causing carnage to homes and businesses. Yellow warnings are also in place throughout the weekend for high winds and rain.
Dozens of flights have been cancelled out of Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff and Newquay airports, with train services in Wales, Devon and Cornwall also affected. Ferry services between Wales and Northern Ireland are currently suspended too.
An easyJet plane which did brave take-off was spotted tilting as the pilot pulled off a difficult landing in the extreme winds in Manchester.
People across the UK took to social media to complain of a sleepless night as gales battered their homes leaving their back gardens and routes to work a mess, while the wind blew fiercely in Windsor for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel.
Storm Callum hit Scotland in Troon with high tide bringing high waves washing up onto the seafront and the town behind
An easyJet passenger plane struggled to land as it tilted to the side at Manchester Airport. Later flights were cancelled
A brave jogger is pictured battling high gales in Salthill, County Galway, Republic of Ireland this morning as storms raged
People were spotted struggling to walk against the severe winds and rain in Salthill as Storm Callum battered the coastline
A giant wave is pictured lashing a First Great Western train travelling through Dawlish in Devon on Friday morning
One morning commuter in Penzance, Cornwall had their car pelted with debris as Storm Callum blows 70mph gales
A trampoline blew out of someone’s garden and on top of a car in Henwalia, Caernarfon today, triggering a police response
Furious waves are pictured lashing the shore at Porthcawl in Wales this morning as Storm Callum sweeps parts of the UK
Storm Callum managed to confuse this speed sign in Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland early this morning as the rain came down
Storm Callum is expected to bring up to 6.3in (160mm) of rain to South Wales – and also hit much of western Britain today
A global weather map shows Storm Callum making its way across the Atlantic Ocean ready to bring chaos to Britain
The dramatic turnaround in conditions comes hours after the UK’s hottest October day in seven years on Wednesday, with west London reaching 76.3F (24.6C) and night-time temperatures only falling to 61F (16C) in the capital.
The highest winds of the morning were 77mph recorded at 7am at Capel Curig in Gwynedd, north Wales, with 76mph gusts in the Scilly Isles and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall.
Arriva Trains have cancelled all services between Llandudno Junction and Blaeneau Ffestiniog in Wales today, with no trains running between Swansea and Carmarthen on Friday and Saturday between 7am and 11am or after 7pm due to anticipated flooding.
Flybe has cancelled all its flights departing from Belfast City Airport between 6am and 9.30am – 54 in total, while AerLingus has cancelled 25 and Ryanair some out of Dublin and Shannon Airport are expected to cause a knock-on effect in the UK. Ferries between Wales and Ireland have also been cancelled.
Some planes are grounded at Newquay and Exeter airports in the south west, while morning commuters complain of being unable to travel across Devon and Cornwall.
In Dawlish, Devon, huge waves were seen crashing onto trains on lines that run alongside the seafront, while joggers battled fierce conditions along other beach fronts across the country.
Traffic Scotland said the Forth Road Bridge had been closed in both directions at about 9am, and tweeted it would be re-opened in 15 minutes. But there had been no confirmation was open again by 10.30am.
There have also been reports across the country of fallen trees and roads being blocked.
Waves whipped up by Storm Callum are pictured hitting the seafront in Porthcawl, Wales today above a ‘no swimming’ sign
The sea smashed against homes in Cawsand, Cornwall, where winds of more than 70mph have hit throughout today
Taking a risk: A car drives around the inside of the harbour with waves crashing over the wall IN Lyme Regis in Dorset
A bird perches on a rock as waves come lashing down on the Salthill promenade in County Galway, Ireland on Friday
A maintenance vehicle tries to plow through flooded roads near the seafront in Exmouth, Devon where Storm Callum is raging
A man is pictured on the Blackrock swimming tower in Salthill County Galway as the furious waves from Storm Callum rage on
A brave amateur photographer is pictured snapping shots on the promenade in Salthill, County Galway in Ireland today
A spokesman for Flybe told MailOnline: ‘Flybe has currently cancelled 54 flights due to adverse weather conditions at a number of airports across the country from the South West to Scotland. Customers are advised to check status at www.flybe.com.’
A spokesman for the Met Office said some parts of the Wales could see more rain by Sunday than they would expect in the whole of October.
He said that some high areas in south wales could see up to 200mm of rain by Sunday when the monthly total for the region is 169mm.
The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings across the south coast of England as well as more than 20 flood alerts.
While Natural Resources Wales has not issued any flood warnings, it had issued five flood alerts for the south coast of the country by Thursday evening.
Full wind speed ahead! Storm Callum saw waves blowing onto the train track in Dawlish, Devon on Friday morning
Fierce waves are pictured lashing the promenade at Salthill in County Galway, Ireland this morning as Storm Callum blows
A brave pedestrian is pictured battling the waves as they come over the promenade and onto the street in Salthill, Co Galway
Waves batter the seafront at Porthcawl in Wales today as the lighthouse in the background appears small compared to the dramatic lashings of water
Utility company Western Power Distribution said 342 properties were without electricity just after 8.30am with the bulk of those in the Par and Camelford areas of Cornwall.
Roads across Devon were also blocked by debris and standing water as flights and trains were cancelled in the face of winds at more than 70mph and up to a week’s rain falling in a few hours.
A Met Office spokesman said: ‘Rainfall totals will reach 40-80 mm widely with 120-160 mm likely over the high ground exposed to the south and south west.
‘The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.
‘That wind is INSANE!’: Britons complain of sleepless night as Storm Callum sweeps in with fearsome 77mph gales
People across Britain and Ireland took to social media overnight to complain they could not sleep as fierce Storm Callum gales raged outside.
Twitter users complained their gardens had been left in chaos by 77mph winds as they started the dreaded countdown to the morning commute.
Here MailOnline takes a look at what is happening in the worst hit areas from Northern Ireland, Devon and Cornwall and south Wales.
‘In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding.’
The Republic of Ireland has been the worst affected by the storm, with 20,000 homes and business left without power on Friday morning.
Network operator ESB has reported multiple faults across the Irish Republic, with counties Cork, Kerry and Donegal among the worst hit.
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks said 1,000 customers had been left without power, while Electricity North West said four weather-related faults had led to problems for 419 customers in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Western Power Distribution said more than 950 homes had been left without electricity in south-west England and nearly 100 were without power in south Wales.
Heavy rain is expected across western parts of Britain today (left), but parts of the south and eastern England will remain dry and temperatures will remain relatively high for the time of year (right)
The Met Office has issued multiple weather warnings for parts of Britain tomorrow (left) and on Saturday (right)
The storm also managed to wrecked beach huts at a resort in Devon. The privately-owned beach huts were located where the seafront meets the River Teign at Teignmouth.
Beach hut owners pay the council a license fee to keep them there for the summer season – but they are supposed to have been moved by the end of September.
Some of the huts on higher ground stayed safe but the wind and waves smashed others.
Met Office chief meteorologist Will Lang added: ‘The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves.
Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘Storm Callum will arrive on Friday, moving in from the west and hitting Wales and northern England. There will be strong winds and torrential downpours.
‘It will be a big change from the sunshine of the last few days. Exposed areas of England and Wales could see winds of up to 60 or 70mph and it will be very blustery in the rest of mainland Britain.
‘Because of the time of year those winds will blow leaves off trees, which combined with the rainfall could block drains and lead to flooding. We may see travel disruption, fallen trees and power cuts in parts of the UK.’
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, pictured at Buckingham Palace in January, will be married in Windsor this Friday
However, he added that the south east of England will mostly avoid the bad weather – with temperatures up to 68F (20C on Friday and even 72F (24C) on Saturday. The storm will have cleared by the end of the weekend.
Sioned Warrell, duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: ‘The current forecasted rain could cause flooding this week, especially in south and west Wales, and we are urging people to prepare themselves.
‘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.
‘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.’
Everything you need to know about Eugenie and Jack’s royal wedding this Friday at Windsor Castle
THE WEDDING OF PRINCESS EUGENIE AND JACK BROOKSBANK
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 – 11AM – ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL, WINDSOR
Princess Eugenie poses with her long-term fiance Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie is counting down the hours to her lavish royal wedding.
The Queen’s grand-daughter has just one day to go until she says her marriage vows to tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank in the gothic surrounds of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Some 850 guests will gather in the historic surroundings where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed five months ago.
Harry and Meghan and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to be among the guests on Friday, along with the Queen and a host of royals.
Celebrity guests will include former Take That singer Robbie Williams and his wife and fellow X Factor judge Ayda Field.
Williams’ six-year-old daughter Theodora is taking a starring role as a bridesmaid, alongside five-year-old Prince George and three-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Royal fans will be hoping for some fun-filled antics from the young helpers in the bridal party, which include Zara and Mike Tindall’s spirited four-year-old Mia and Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla.
Maud Windsor, who is Eugenie’s goddaughter and the daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman, is also a bridesmaid.
Future king George will be joined by fellow page boy Louis de Givenchy – the six-year-old son of JP Morgan banking executive Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe.
The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, 14-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and 10-year-old Viscount Severn, who are the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will take on the role of Special Attendants.
William and Kate’s youngest child Prince Louis, who is only five and a half months old, is too young to attend and will be staying at home.
The Duchess of Cornwall will also be missing, having a long-standing engagement at a school in Scotland. Proud parents the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York will be gearing up for the celebrations.
Andrew has remained on very friendly terms with his ex-wife the duchess amid speculation they might even remarry. However, her relationship with her former father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh is said to be non-existent.
Philip is said to have never forgiven ‘Fergie’ for the scandal she caused when she was caught in the infamous ‘toe-sucking’ incident, having her feet kissed by financial adviser John Bryan in 1992.
The groom Jack has asked his brother Thomas to be his best man while Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice will be her maid of honour.
Stars predicted to attend the second royal wedding of the year include singer Ellie Goulding and fiance Caspar Jopling, supermodel Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham, Harry’s exes Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy, model Cara Delevingne, singer James Blunt and wife Sofia Wellesley, and George and Amal Clooney.
Jack works as a drinks executive for Casamigos tequila, which was founded by Clooney and Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber.
Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform two pieces during the ceremony which begins at 11am, with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also featuring.
The wedding service will include a personal prayer written by Archbishop of York John Sentamu. Dean of Windsor David Conner will give the address and also officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.
The Queen is hosting an afternoon reception afterwards in the castle’s St George’s Hall, but the festivities are expected to continue into the early hours with an evening party at the York family home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
Royals fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride can wait for the newlyweds’ carriage procession through Windsor town centre – but the couple will not be travelling up the Long Walk to the Castle like Harry and Meghan did.
About 1,200 members of the public have been given balloted invites to the castle’s Lower Ward, as have charity representatives, children from Eugenie’s old schools, and royal household staff.
Republic, a campaigning group working for an elected head of state, has criticised the security cost to the taxpayer, saying estimates have put the bill at £2 million. Eugenie is ninth in line to the throne.
The wedding is being screened in full on ITV as part of a special three-hour This Morning show live from Windsor, hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Broadcast footage will also be live streamed on The Royal Channel and The Duke of York’s YouTube channels, and the royal family and Andrew’s Facebook pages.