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I’m A Celebrity: Storm Barra rages over castle for the second day as bosses ‘cross their fingers’ torrential rain and strong winds forecast won’t cause more delays

  • The Met Office issued a yellow warning of wind for the county of Cowny throughout Tuesday, with expectations there could be power cuts and travel disruption during that time
  • With a seven day forecast predicting yet more bad weather, there are mounting fears it could impact the series – just days after the show was forced off air due to Storm Arwen  
  • It comes after the ITV show was forced off-air in late November after the extreme weather in Wales caused technical damage on set 

Storm Barra waged war over Gwrych Castle in Wales as the celebrities buckled down for the second day of torrential rain, with winds of up to 50mph being recorded in the region. 

Pictures taken on Wednesday show the I’m A Celebrity set barely visible through the thick cloud of rain sweeping its way across the country. 

With a seven day forecast predicting yet more bad weather, there are mounting fears it could impact the series – just days after the show was forced off air due to Storm Arwen. 

Storm Barra waged war over Gwrych Castle in Wales as the celebrities buckled down for the second day of torrential rain, with winds of up to 50mph being recorded in the region

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of wind for the county of Cowny throughout Tuesday, with expectations there could be power cuts and travel disruption during that time. 

And Storm Barra had certainly battered through Abergele as signs surrounding the set were knocked over by strong gusts of wind. 

According to The Sun, the wind uprooted a tree and caused rocks to slide behind the castle where the celebrities are camping.  

Crash! And Storm Barra had certainly battered through Abergele as signs surrounding the set were knocked over by strong gusts of wind

Rain, rain go away: With a seven day forecast predicting yet more bad weather, there are mounting fears it could impact the series – just days after the show was forced off air due to Storm Arwen

Miserable: Pictures on Wednesday show the I’m A Celebrity set barely visible through the thick cloud of rain sweeping its way across the country

Cyclone! There are fears the I’m A Celebrity cyclone challenge could be axed as Storm Barra rages through the camp (Vernon Kay is pictured in last year’s show)

A source said: ‘Production and ITV bosses are hoping this is as bad as things get with Barra. Obviously Storm Arwen caused them no end of headaches. But this time around it’s been predicted that the wind won’t be as bad.

‘That said, it’s still been wet and blowy enough to bring down a huge tree branch, and cause a rock formation to slide behind the castle, ending up on a production path.

‘They’re crossing their fingers that this is the worst of it and they can get to the end of the series with no further delays.’ 

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.    

Worries: A source said: ‘Production and ITV bosses are hoping this is as bad as things get with Barra. Obviously Storm Arwen caused them no end of headaches. But this time around it’s been predicted that the wind won’t be as bad

Storm: ‘That said, it’s still been wet and blowy enough to bring down a huge tree branch, and cause a rock formation to slide behind the castle, ending up on a production path,’ the insider added

Oh no: The wind reportedly uprooted a tree and caused rocks to slide behind the castle where the celebrities are camping

Winds, rain and freezing temperatures: The source said: ‘They’re crossing their fingers that this is the worst of it and they can get to the end of the series with no further delays.’ (pictured Adam Woodyatt) 

The effects of Storm Barra have been felt across the UK and Ireland, with gusty winds, heavy rainfall and days-long power outages – and could even spell the cancellation of the iconic Celebrity Cyclone challenge.

The famous aqua challenge sees the four finalists dress as superheroes and try to make their way up a giant water slide whilst being hosed down and pelted with obstacles. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Producers are panicking a bit.It’s the centrepiece of the whole series, and what many of the celebrities say is the point in the show they want to get to.  

‘Production staff are frantically checking the weather ahead of filming it later this week. They’ve got ten different weather apps on the go telling them minute-by-minute updates.

‘The Cyclone is hard work anyway, let alone if you’re falling o frozen water. They fear if it does go ahead it might be the first time since its inclusion in the show that no one gets to the end of it.’

Worrying: Storm Barra hit on Tuesday, bringing up to four inches of snow, 70mph winds and driving rain

It comes after the ITV show was forced off-air in late November after the extreme weather in Wales caused technical damage on set and meant the celebrities had to be removed from their camp and returned to quarantine.   

I’m A Celeb stars have been forced to endure 8°C cold temperatures and no protection from the elements after bosses shelled out £1 million to secure use of the site when production was forced to be relocated from Australia due to COVID-19.

Addressing the show’s return following Storm Arwen on November 30, host Declan Donnelly quipped: ‘Hello! It’s been a crazy few days but the castle is back in business and the storm clouds have almost cleared on I’m A Celebrity!’   

We’re back! The I’m A Celebrity campmates returned to Gwrych Castle in Wales on November 30 after being evacuated due to Storm Arwen (pictured are hosts Ant and Dec addressing the show’s return)

Co-host Ant McPartlin added: ‘It feels so good to be back, we haven’t been with you since Friday as it caused a lot of damage the storm did. The castle was fine though, it turns out these places are built to last! We were working hard to get the show back up, and the team did an incredible job.’

After being hit by a steady decline following the Storm Arwen hiatus, I’m A Celebrity drew in 5.2 million viewers on Monday night, an increase from Sunday’s episode with 4.9 million.

Analysis of the evening’s overnight figures showed the ITV series peaked at 5.8 million, still a far cry from the show’s glory days when an average of 12.14 million tuned into the 2018 series. 

Typically I’m A Celebrity’s ratings see a huge boost once the figures for those watching the episode later on the ITV Hub are factored in.   

On the rise: After being hit by a steady decline following the Storm Arwen hiatus, I’m A Celebrity drew in 5.2 million viewers on Monday night, an increase from Sunday’s episode with 4.9 million

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