Strong winds have brought travel disruption to western Britain and Ireland, with dozens of ferries and flights cancelled.
The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, saying: “A spell of heavy rain will affect southwestern parts of Wales during this afternoon and evening, bringing a further 20-40 mm of rain.
“Much of this will fall within 6-9 hours and lead to further flooding. Scattered heavy showers will follow from the west overnight.”
With winds of over 50mph forecast for the Irish Sea and the waters of western Scotland, many ferry sailings have been cancelled – including the Stena Line evening service from Rosslare on south-east Ireland to Fishguard in Wales.
In Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne has cancelled all ferries for the rest of Friday on 10 routes, with warnings of possible disruption for Saturday.
The first sailing on Saturday morning between the islands of Iona and Mull has been cancelled. “There will be a review at 0730 regarding later sailings,” said Caledonian MacBrayne.
Stormy weather is affecting parts of central and eastern Scotland, as well as bridges in the west of the country. Traffic Scotland tweeted: “#A898 Erskine Bridge – high winds warning in place. All vehicles can cross but please #TakeCare.”
Some flights between the UK and Ireland have been cancelled, including Aer Lingus links from Dublin to Bristol and Newquay.
In Wales, flooding between Haverfordwest and Milford Haven has caused the cancellation of rail services for the rest of the day.
In Dublin, delays are building on the DART railway through Glenageary “due to rising water levels”.
Showers will affect many southern and western parts of England and Wales during Saturday, with more organised bands of heavy showers at times. These could produce 15-20 mm of rain in 3 hours.
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