UK weather – Storm Callum travel chaos and rail delays as three killed in ‘worst flooding in 30 years’

STORM Callum is now causing travel chaos and rail delays after three people were killed in the worst bout of flooding “seen in 30 years”.

Commuters in Wales have been advised against travel today as the trailing weather front sends one last pulse of miserable weather across the country.

Crickhowell was turned into an island today – as Storm Callum cut off all major road
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Trains across the entire Transport for Wales Network will be subject to heavy delays, or cancellations, National Rail warned.

The Heart of Wales line will not be operating for a minimum of 48 hours as severe flooding wrecked rail lines in the Llandeilo area.

Flooding around Cardiff Central and Aberdare regions has left trains unable to run, and even motorists will be subject to heavy diversions.

Welsh police force Dyfed-Powys has advised against travel only if it is essential, as there are still an “exceptionally high” number of roads and bridges closed across Ceredigion and Camarthenshire regions.

Heavy rain falls in Edinburgh, Scotland and showers will continue for the rest of the day
Heavy rain falls in Edinburgh, Scotland and showers will continue for the rest of the day
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And the dreary conditions are set to last for a further 24 hours.

Forecasters expect a fresh band of rain to push-in from the south-west before 12pm today.

A Met Office forecaster said: “The South West, the Midlands and western parts of London that escaped much of the storm’s wrath over the last couple of days will experience very heavy downpours at times.”

It comes after a man died on the A484 in Camarthenshire, West Wales, when a landslide struck on Saturday.

Another man died late at night on Brighton Beach after horrified witnesses reported seeing him struggling in the waves.

A third man died after plunging into the waters of Penarth Marina at Penarth, near Cardiff.

The woman he was said to have been walking with, was released from University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, after receiving treatment.

Cars make their way through flood water in the town of Carmarthen in West Wales as flood defences fail
Cars make their way through flood water in the town of Carmarthen in West Wales as flood defences fail
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Fire services pump water out of a property in Powys, Wales
Fire services pump water out of a property in Powys, Wales
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River Neath is covered in foam from the Aberdulais waterfall in Aberdulais, Neath, South Wales, where an amber weather warning was in force
River Neath is covered in foam from the Aberdulais waterfall in Aberdulais, Neath, South Wales, where an amber weather warning was in force
A tree was blown over from the strong winds of Storm Callum in Oldham
A tree was blown over from the strong winds of Storm Callum in Oldham
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But as Sunday dissolves into Monday, cloud and patchy rain will remain in the south east, with generally clear, dry conditions further north and west.

Simon Partridge from the Met Office added: “There’s a cool clear start for many parts of the UK on Monday, and actually for much of the UK it’s a dry fine and sunny day to boot.”

Storm Callum caused rivers to burst their banks and power supplies were wiped out for many across western parts over Friday and Saturday, with south Wales the worst-hit region.

Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Powys
Residents and locals check out the extensive flooding at Crickhowell in Powys
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A car attempts to pass the flooded closed off Old Station Road in Carmarthen, Wales
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Large swathes of the town have been left underwater in the floods[/caption]

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The flooded entrance of Aberdulais Falls in south Wales[/caption]

A mum and her baby son had a ‘miracle’ escape after a huge tree branch torn off by Storm Callum crashed onto her car
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Residents of Crickhowell in south Wales piled sandbags against their front doors as firefighters pump water from the local pub and submerged cars have been left abandoned.

People in the surrounding area were told to evacuate their homes overnight when more than a months worth of rain fell in 48 hours.

Almost six inches fell in a day in some sodden spots – with the wet weather set to continue for most of the country today.

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A woman shelters from the heavy rain in Liverpool city centre[/caption]

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A 4×4 drives past a Vauxhall Astra convertible which is stranded on the B4242 road between Resolven and Glyn Neath[/caption]

One part of south Wales, the Brecon Beacons village of Libanus, recorded 182mm of rain in just 48 hours – way above the monthly total for the region of 169mm.

A Met Office forecaster said the Brecon Beacons had seen 150mm (almost six inches) of rain in 24 hours, with lower lying parts of south Wales recording 50-100mm of rain.

Wales usually sees an average rainfall in October of 169.6mm and a monthly average of 121.7mm.

Despite the storms, temperatures have been much higher for this time of year than usually expected during Autumn.

The last time temperatures exceeded 24C at this time of year was in October 2011 when a staggering 29.9C was clocked.


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