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Met Office issues storm warning of ‘torrential downpours’ and danger to life with the risk of flooding

by LLB Reporter
22nd Jun 22 11:22 am

The Met Office has issued a storm warning of “torrential downpours” with a risk of flooding and a danger to life for Thursday.

Seven warnings have been issued for Thursday which could cause travel disruption and homes and businesses could be affected by flooding.

The Met Office said, “Thunderstorms are likely to break out in some areas, particularly during the afternoon and early evening.

“While most places will probably miss them, where thunderstorms do occur there is a chance that in a few places up to 40 mm of rain could fall in an hour or so and 40 to 60 mm could fall in two or three hours.

“These torrential downpours may be accompanied by frequent lightning, whilst gusty winds and hail may also affect a few places.

“The exact location of the thunderstorms will be hard to pinpoint, so the warning area will be kept under review and updated if necessary.”

Due to the forecast, the service warned people about the force of the rain, which could cause severe disruptions in multiple ways and pose threat to life.

The advice reads, “Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

“Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

“There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.”

Met Office added, “The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.

“Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing.

“Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car’s engine will lead to severe damage.”

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