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Incoming: Storm Callum set to hit Northern Ireland with winds of up to 70mph

Northern Ireland is set to be hit with winds of speeds up to 70mph on Friday with the arrival of Storm Callum.

Higher wind speeds will impact all areas of the province, with exposed coasts and hills the worst affected.

The public have also been warned to take care near to the coast, with tides at their peak and large waves expected.

A yellow warning for wind is in place for Northern Ireland from 3am on Friday morning until just before midnight on Friday night.

The Met Office has warned there is a potential "danger to life" from flying debris.

While conditions across the province will be turbulent, the worst of the weather will impact other regions of the United Kingdom and the Republic.

Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann (the Irish Met Office) Evelyn Cusack said a combination of storm-force winds and high tides means there is a possibility of flooding along the east, south and west coast as far north as Donegal.

"It's not a major event in the east, we don't expect a major flooding event along the east coast," she told RTÉ Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme.

"The south-east winds will be up to gale-force 8-9 and gusting to storm-force 10 overnight.

"There is likely to be some over-topping but the Dublin City Council will have made precautions.

"Certainly, we will have some localised flooding in the east, but the biggest problems will be in the south and west," Ms Cusack continued.

"The first effects will be felt by Kerry and Cork and then will fan along the west coast.

"Tomorrow, it will move away quickly but will be a very windy day all day."

A amber warning for rain will be in place for parts of Wales on Thursday, with rainfall of up to 160mm expected to fall and the possibility of flooding.

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