UK storm warning: Met Office puts millions across seven regions on urgent lightning alert


The Met Office has put millions of people across seven regions on an urgent lightning alert.

They have issued a 27-hour warning across the south and south-west regions of England and Wales

The warning, which covers seven regions in Britain, states: "Rain, heavy and persistent at times, is expected to develop through Thursday evening, before affecting much of England and Wales through Friday. Rain gradually clears from the north through Friday afternoon and evening.

"Widely 10-20 mm of rain is likely but in the wettest spots 30-50 mm is possible, and some high ground of Wales especially could see 60 to 70 mm. Across the south of the area, it's possible some thunderstorms may break out, and these could bring 20-30 mm of rainfall in a couple of hours."

The Met Office said people should expect spray and flooding on roads which could increase journey times.

They added that buses and trains would also be affected by the weather and that times on these forms of transport would also likely take longer.

They warned that some businesses and homes could be affected by severe flooding because of the weather.

Because of the extent of the warning, tens of regions and local authorities could be affected by the severe conditions 

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • London and South East England
  • North West England
  • South West England 
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
In the East Midlands region, Northamptonshire is due to be hit by the weather while far more authorities in the East of England the following authorities will be affected.
  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Luton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Suffolk
  • Thurrock

In London and the South East, 20 local authorities will be hit by the approaching wall of rain.

Should people decide to travel by car, the Met Office has also provided some guidance on what to do to ensure a safe journey when there is a risk of flooded roads.

They said: "If the road is flooded, turn around and find another route. The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is to 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. Never drive through flood water. Turn around."

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