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‘Danger to life’ as Storm Callum triggers flood warnings

Dozens of flood warnings and alerts are in place for much of western Britain as large parts of the country are battered by heavy rain from Storm Callum.

Many of the warnings are for South Wales, with people being urged to stay alert as downpours could mean river levels continuing to rise.

Some areas could see more than 200mm (8in) of rain by the end of today, and forecasters say there could be a danger to life from fast-flowing or deep floodwater.

The Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, has already recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours – way above the region's monthly total of 169mm.

Image: South Wales has been hit by heavy rainfall. Pic: Old Rectory Hotel

There are more than 20 flood warnings for Wales and three in Dorset and Hereford.

A Met Office amber warning – the second highest – is still in place for heavy rain in South Wales until 6pm tonight after starting on Friday.

It said homes and businesses were likely to be flooded, causing damage to buildings.

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.

Yesterday, torrential rain and winds of more than 70mph buffeted the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain.

Thousands of households were left without power and dozens of flights were grounded.

One train in Penrhiwceiber in Wales's Cynon Valley was stranded as water flooded the tracks.

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.

"Central and southeast England will remain largely dry and sunny but it will be windy.

"Despite the breezy conditions, temperatures could reach well above average into the mid-20s. It will be much cooler and fresher on the other side of the rain band in northwest Scotland.

"The rain will continue to push northwards through Saturday night, though it will linger in the far north and northern isles. Later in the night, the next spell of heavy rain will move into central and southern parts of England and Wales."

More from Wales

For Sunday it will be wet for much of England and Wales, with sunshine and just a few showers elsewhere.

Monday looks fine for most, but another band of rain is set to push east through Tuesday and Wednesday.

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