Thunderstorms and heavy rain on the way say Met Office

It’s looking glorious out of the window at the moment, but the Isle of Wight is included in a Met Office weather warning for later today that will see thunderstorms and heavy rain.

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It’s looking glorious out of the window at the moment, but the Isle of Wight is included in a Met Office weather warning for later today that will see thunderstorms developing and may bring some travel disruption and flooding for a few places.

The warning is valid from 1pm to 11pm today (Wednesday) and reads:

What to expect

  • Flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.
  • 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.
  • Some communities might become cut off if roads flood.
  • Power cuts might occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

Whilst some places will escape them, thunderstorms will break out this afternoon and evening giving torrential downpours in a few places.

Some of these storms will also be slow-moving, meaning that downpours may well be quite prolonged. 20 mm rain may fall in an hour and, in some places, 30 to 40 mm rain may fall in two or three hours.

Thunderstorms will then slowly ease through the evening.

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Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 11:39am

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