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Storm Callum causes Royal Wedding chaos as guests struggle with the wind

Storm Callum is causing chaos for the guests of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank this morning as they’ve been left holding onto their hats due to the strong wind.

The storm caused chaos overnight with flights cancelled and thousands of homes without power.

As more than 800 guests descend on Windsor Castle this morning, the Met Office has issued an Amber alert over potential risk to life from the storm.

The second royal wedding of the year is due to start at 11am but guests have been arriving since 9am with many battling the strong gales as they enter St George’s Chapel .

Pixie Geldof was seen clutching her yellow hat as she arrived with George Barnett.

Robbie Williams’ mother-in-law also lost her hat in the wind as they arrived with his wife Ayda Field.

An unnamed guest saw her blush pink dress billow in the wind and held onto her black hat while spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of the happy couple were all wrapped up to face the elements.

Royal wedding watchers are hoping the weather will hold out until after the ceremony and the carriage ride around Windsor.

Heavy rainfall is predicted to cause floods which may put lives in danger, forecasters have said – with the 36-hour warning in place in Wales.

Homes are likely to face a risk of flooding and buildings could be damaged, while some could be cut off by the extreme weather.

It is expected that nearly a MONTH’s rain could fall in just 48 hours, with up to six inches predicted.

The Met Office has also issued a series of yellow weather warnings stretching from the north-west coast of Scotland to Land’s End, including Northern Ireland – while a number of flood warnings and alerts are in force across south-west England and south Wales.

Winds could hit 70mph and coastal areas are anticipated to be badly hit.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: "We’ve got a wind warning which covers all the western side of the UK from 3am.

"That in itself is likely to bring disruption to roads and there is likely to be some bridge closures and power outages.

"We also have yellow and amber warnings of between 50mm and 150mm of rain for Wales.

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"That’s quite a substantial amount of rain to come and could bring flooding."

The amber warning remains in place until 6pm on Saturday, while the broader yellow rain and wind warnings that include parts of north-west and south-west England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain in place until midnight on Friday.

Rainfall totals could reach as high as 150mm over the Brecon Beacons, nearly as high as the monthly average of 170mm for Wales.

Meanwhile winds of 50 to 60mph are expected widely in warning area, with gusts expected to peak at 70mph in the most exposed parts.

The high winds, combined with heavy rain, could see leaves and twigs blocking drains, making flooding more likely, Mr Burkhill said.

The south-east is expected to be blustery but stay "quite dry", with temperatures possibly reaching up to 24C (75F).

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