The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the country and has said there is a risk of heavy rain, flash flooding, lightning and hail until Monday, August 17. Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Today warnings cover much of England, away from the east coast, Wales and parts of Scotland.
“The storms will be isolated but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40mm of rain possible in less than an hour and, in isolated spots, a small chance of 60mm falling.
“With the continuing hot weather large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week.”
On Tuesday, an amber warning for thunderstorms have been issued for the East Midlands, London, South East England, North West England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and Wales.
The warning says people in the affected areas should expect fast flowing and deep water to suddenly occur, bringing a danger to life and extensive flooding of homes and businesses.
Power and other essential services, such as gas, water, mobile phone service could also be lost.
Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Isolated thunderstorms could bring sudden surface water and river flooding to parts of England today, which may lead to flooded properties and severe travel disruption in some areas.
“Further surface water and river flooding is also a possibility from Thursday to Sunday.
“Environment Agency teams are working hard alongside local authorities to reduce the risk of flooding and keep communities safe, clearing grills and weed screens in areas which may be affected by heavy showers, and are ready to respond and support where needed.
“We urge people to check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at Gov.uk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”
Where are flood warnings in place?
There are currently nine active flood alerts in England, meaning flooding is possible and people in the affected areas should prepare.
These areas are:
- River Blythe in Warwickshire
- River Cole
- River Rea
- River Sow and River Penk
- River Sowe, River Sherbourne, Canley Brook and Finham Brook
- River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire
- River Stour in South Warwickshire
- Rugeley Trent
- Upper Tame
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In Scotland, there are 13 flood alerts active, meaning flooding is possible.
These areas are:
- Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
- Argyll and Bute
- Dumfries and Galloway
- Dundee and Angus
- Easter Ross and Great Glen
- Edinburgh and Lothians
- Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside
- Scottish Borders
- Skye and Lochaber
- West Central Scotland
At the moment, there are no active flood alerts or warnings in Wales and Northern Ireland.
When is a flood alert used?
A flood alert is used between two hours and two days in advance of forecast flooding.
What to do
- Be prepared to act on your flood plan
- Prepare a flood kit of essential items
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