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Kent weather warning as thunderstorms head our way bringing torrential downpours, risk of flooding and power outages

PUBLISHED: 10:52 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 July 2016

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are being predicted

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are being predicted

Mihai Simonia

If storms hit the county it could cause problems on travel networks too, the Met Office warns

Forecasters are warning the county to brace itself for torrential downpours today which could lead to flooding, disruption to transport and power outages.

Althoug the worst of the weather is expected to hit East Anglia on Tuesday afternoon, the warning has been extended across Kent and the south east.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms, with isolated torrential downpours, are expected to develop across the south east.

It has prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow rain warning - which advises of a low likelihood of medium impacts.

Kent County Council’s highways team said: “Afer a fine, mainly dry start to today showers are expected to develop this morning, becoming locally heavy with some torrential downpours and thunderstorms this afternoon.

“Showers will gradually die out during the evening. In the heaviest showers some places could see 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and as much as 40mm in just two to three hours. These showers could lead to surface water flooding, disruption to transport and impacts from lightning such as power outages.

“As with any showery situation some places could see the heavy showers whilst other places see very little.”

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