Landslip kills a man in Wales as Storm Callum batters the country

First victim of Storm Callum: Landslip kills at least one person in Wales as torrential rain, gales and flooding leaves an entire town underwater

  • One man has died at the scene of a landslip on the A484 between Carmarthen and Cardigan in Wales
  • Small town of Crickhowell, southeastern Wales, has been turned into an island after torrential rain from storm
  • Cars completely submerged in water and sandbags have been put outside homes to prevent flooding inside 
  • Amber warning was put in place for south Wales with the weather causing ‘danger to life’, Met Office said
  • In contrast, South East England enjoyed balmy Saturday with temperatures in 70s – and London reached 78F

At least one person has died in the devastation caused by Storm Callum after a landslip in Wales.

Police confirmed a man has died in Cwmduad on the A484 between Carmarthen and Cardigan, on Saturday, as parts of the country were battered by strong winds and torrential rain.

Dyfed-Powys Police said it is ‘dealing with a landslip’ where a person has been confirmed dead. The family of the victim is being supported by specialist officers, officers said, while the road remains closed.

Carmarthenshire is one of the areas worst hit by storm Callum as authorities urge people to stay away from flooded areas.

One small town was turned into an island today after torrential rain brought in by the storm led to river banks bursting and flooding the streets.

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    Cars left completely submerged in water were abandoned by owners and sandbags had to be wedged against Crickhowell residents’ front doors to stop the floods from getting inside.

    Firefighters were forced to stand on walls to avoid the floods as they pumped water from the local pub.

    An amber warning for rain was put in place by The Met Office today for parts of south Wales, with flooding expected to cause ‘a danger to life’. 

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

    A stranded car is completely submerged in flood water in a car park in Crickhowell, southeastern Wales, where rivers have overflown and flooded the streets

    Sandbags have been piled up outside front doors to stop floodwater pouring into resident’s homes

    The country town was turned into an island today leaving only traffic signs protruding out of the water

    A firefighter is forced to stand on a wall to escape the water as emergency services evacuate people from their homes and try to drain the water

    Torrential rain in Crickhowell has made it virtually impossible for locals to drive their cars through the small town

    A stranded vehicle sits in flood water on the A4077 at Crickhowell, Wales, where rivers have overflowed onto main roads

    The Met Office said the storm could rip through buildings buildings, force the closure of roads and cause rivers to overflow. 

    A yellow warning covers much of the rest of Wales, parts of Scotland, Northern and South West England through the evening with power cuts and travel delays expected.

    While Storm Callum causes chaos in most parts of the country, patches in the South East will be enjoying a balmy Saturday with highs of 78F expected in London.

    Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent told MailOnline: ‘There’s an amber warning out for southern parts of Wales and the Welsh Valleys. There could be as much as 80mm of rainfall in those areas – and adding that to yesterday’s rain, there could be some quite serious flooding. 

    ‘This morning, South East England woke up to temperatures in the high teens, and in London temperatures are already in the 20s. Temperatures in the capital could quite easily get to 78F (26C) over the course of the day. 

    Sheep washed away in Wales 

    Police in Wales are asking people to be on the lookout for sheep in the floodwater after a 100-strong flock was washed away.

    A Tweet said: ‘Approx 100 sheep have been washed away info the water at Pontargothi today due to the flooding. 

    ‘If any sheep wash up anywhere or if anyone has information, please contact police on 101 – reference 210 of 13.10.18.’

    ‘However the north and west will still be quite windy, with gusts of 45-50mph expected, bringing in further spells of heavy rain.’ 

    The Welsh landslip was not the only one in the country today.

    Another movement stopped all Virgin trains running between Preston and Carlisle with the company posting images of half-submerged tracks, and advising customers not to travel on the route.

    Elsewhere, planned fracking work near Blackpool was postponed until Monday as the region felt the effects of the storm and cranes would struggle in the high winds

    However, parts of the south and east escaped completely with dry conditions and temperatures in the mid-20s, with Donna Nook in Lincolnshire reaching 26.5C, making it the warmest October day in seven years, the Met Office said. 

    Walkers are hit by huge waves on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, in Dorset, today where gusts of 50mph battered the pier

    Huge waves crash against the harbour wall at Porthcawl, South Wales, this morning where an amber warning has been issued

    Thousands of households were left without power and dozens of flights grounded yesterday as rain and winds of 77mph battered the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain. Pictured: People duck out of the way of waves on the pier at Porthcawl


    A man (left) and woman (right) are blown around in Liverpool city centre as they try to shelter themselves from the rain on their morning commute

    The River Neath rises high to the main road in Aberdulais, Neath, South Wales, which is expected to take the brunt of the storm

    Police officers inspect a tree blown over from the strong winds of Storm Callum which is now blocking a street in Oldham

    Tourists visiting Edinburgh Castle were caught in torrential rain amid yellow warnings for most parts of Scotland 

    Heavy rainfall and thick thick fog didn’t stop these tourists from trying their best to take in the sights in the Scottish capital

    Ponchos, winter jackets and umbrellas were all on show as the people of Edinburgh faced the stormy weather

    Tourists wearing emergency ponchos on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a succession of cobbled streets in the Scottish capital 

    Storm Callum didn’t stop these four brave men from wearing traditional tartan kilts and showing their legs

    A mother and her baby son had a ‘miracle’ escape after a huge tree branch torn off by Storm Callum crashed onto her car.

    Ellie Jaeger-Fozard and her 11-month-old son Richard were waiting in their Peugeot 107 in Edgerton, Yorkshire, for her husband James to finish work work.

    Mrs Jaeger-Fozard, 26, of Newsome, said her heart was in her mouth as the branch fell across the road with a sickening thud onto the car bonnet and windscreen.

    Most of Britain will be drenched by torrential rain and battered by 50mph winds today as Storm Callum continues to wreak havoc on the country. Pictured: Cars travel through the flooded A4119 by Aberdulais Falls in south Wales this morning

    An amber warning for rain remains in place for parts of south Wales until 6pm with further flooding and power cuts expected. Pictured: Roads in Aberdulais, south Wales, this morning – where 80mm of rainfall is expected today

    The Met Office said the storm could ’cause danger to life’ as rivers rise and floodwater damages buildings and forces the closure of roads. Pictured: A man takes photos of a rising river in Aberdulais Falls

    A yellow warning covers much of the rest of Wales, as well as parts of Scotland, Northern and South West England – where power cuts and travel delays are expected


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    A mother and her baby son had a ‘miracle’ escape after a huge tree branch torn off by Storm Callum crashed onto her car 

    She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. If I had parked just a few inches further up the road it could have been very different.

    ‘Richard was in the passenger seat and playing with the steering wheel as he waited for his daddy to arrive when the tree crashed down.

    ‘Fortunately I managed to get him out and phoned the police. The bonnet was dented and the windscreen was hit by the falling tree too.’

    Ellie Jaeger-Fozard and her 11-month-old son Richard were waiting in their Peugeot 107 in Edgerton, Yorkshire, for her husband James to finish work work when the storm blew the tree onto her bonnet. Pictured from left: Grandfather Neil Harling and Richard with mother Ellie Jaeger-Fozard and father James

    Grandad Neil Harling was soon on the scene after hearing about what had happened to his daughter.

    He said: ‘I’m just very glad that everyone is OK and no-one has been hurt. It doesn’t bear thinking about what might have been.’

    Mr Jaeger-Fozard added: ‘I think we will all be having a stiff drink tonight. I’m just so relieved everyone is OK.’

    Police arrived immediately and set about taping off the scene and waited for a tree surgeon to arrive and begin removing it. Pictured: The Peugeot 107 was left with a big dent on its bonnet

    Police arrived immediately and set about taping off the scene and waited for a tree surgeon to arrive and begin removing it.

    Kirklees councillor Gemma Wilson said: ‘I live in Edgerton and I’ve been quite nervous about the trees outside my home, it has been very blustery indeed.

    ‘I’m really glad that mum and baby are OK, it must have been a terrible shock for something like that to happen. Let’s hope the winds start to calm down soon.’ 

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      Thousands of households were left without power and dozens of flights grounded yesterday as rain and winds of 77mph battered the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Britain.

      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.

      Forecasters are warning of more of the same over the weekend, although some parts of England will escape the worst.

      Natural Resources Wales is warning people to be alert for more flooding as the heavy rain could see rivers continuing to rise on Saturday.

      Sioned Warrell, NRW’s duty tactical manager, said: ‘We have seen a significant amount of rain over the last 24 hours and this will continue today.

      Rail services were plagued by delays, with severe weather affecting services between Preston and Scotland, across the whole of Wales, and in South West England. 

      ‘We have already seen this impact on the roads and we could see more flooding as the rain flows down from the mountains.

      ‘Making sure you know what the situation is like where you live is really important.’

      Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: ‘There will be more wet and windy weather for similar parts of the country – predominantly western areas – which could cause more flooding.

      ‘The east and south east of England will see the best of the drier and brighter weather, where it will be even warmer than yesterday and could reach 25C – way above average for the time of the year.’

      Overnight, several police forces reported accidents on the roads due to surface water, while Network Rail said it was expecting disruption to train services throughout Saturday and advised passengers to plan ahead.

      The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for parts of the Dorset coast, as well as 58 flood alerts across England, while Natural Resources Wales has 28 flood warnings and 39 flood alerts in place.

      A fresh pulse of rain will push in from the south west by dawn on Sunday as Storm Callum fades.

      The south east, which has so far escaped the torrential downpours of the last 48 hours, will experience muggy conditions overnight with temperatures in the high-teens.

      But the rainfall which has plagued western Britain will make its way east as the day progresses, weakening as it does so, meaning by the afternoon there will be a “reversal in fortunes”, the Met Office said.

      Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is the third named storm of the season to hit the UK.   

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