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A YELLOW weather warning has been issued for heavy rain for Friday October, 12.

A zone of heavy rain associated with an intense weather system affecting western parts of the United Kingdom will become slow moving for a time, bringing prolonged rainfall and the potential for surface water flooding.

The Met Office has warned that homes and offices are likely to be flooded, and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.

Areas of high ground will be most affected, with the potential for a further 50-80 mm quite widely over hills.

Several vehicles have been damaged by falling trees in the Biddulph area of Staffordshire, trees have also blocked roads near Audley in Staffordshire and near Nantwich in Cheshire, police said.

The Met Office has now issued a yellow warning for blustery conditions towards the end of the week on Friday.

At this time of year the wind is also likely to cause more leaves to fall on the roads, which can block drains and increase localised surface flooding.

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Guests arriving at the royal wedding in a windy Windsor had to hold on to their hats, with gusts of up to 32 miles per hour.

Road and rail users have been warned to expect disruption and delays.

A video from the Met Office has shown the impact that Storm Callum will have on the United Kingdom as a whole and when it will head east.

There is now a yellow weather warning for rain in place for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders from 12am to 23.59pm.

"Our teams are doing all they can to reduce the risk for communities, but if there is flooding we want to make sure people are doing all they can to keep themselves safe".

'We are also starting to see the rain push in to parts of south-west England and part of the Republic of Ireland, ' Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

Rain will then hit Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, becoming increasingly heavier into the evening.

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