KENT WEATHER: More thunderstorms and torrential downpour are coming warn Met Office

PUBLISHED: 12:20 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 01 June 2017

Lightning struck homes last weekend

Lightning struck homes last weekend


Last weekend’s thunderstorms resulted in fires and power cuts

Kent and the south east should brace themselves for further thunderstorms, warn the Met Office.

Last weekend saw the county facing chaos as lightning started fires, and cut out power, and now more thunderstorms are expected on Friday afternoon and evening.

There is also the potential for some localised surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions. With lightning and hail also likely to occur.

Kent County Council Highways said: “Friday will be very warm, but humid air moving north from France will being the threat of thunderstorms, which in turn brings the potenital for some torrential downpours with some locations seeing 25-30mm of rain in an hour.

“This will lead to surface water flooding in places, and we could see additional impacts from lightning such as power outages along with gusty winds and hail.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning to cover the risk.

They added: “There is the risk of torrential downpours on Friday. Whilst most places will miss the worst, it could lead to localised surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions. Frequent lightning and perhaps hail could be additional hazards.”

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