Risk of flooding and power cuts as thunderstorms warning issued for North East

Weather experts are warning of widespread thunderstorms due to hit the region.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 23 June, 2019, 13:18
A warning for thunderstorms has been issued for the North East

A yellow weather warning in place for Sunday was cancelled and replaced with an alert lasting from midnight until midnight on Monday June 24.

The Met Office said there was a “small chance” of flooding, with lightning strikes and strong winds also posing a risk.

The warning reads: “Heavy rain and thunderstorms may lead to flooding and disruption to travel.

“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”

Met Office forecasters said where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

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“Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures,” the warning reds.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.”

The Met Office has a range of advice on its website for keeping safe during thunderstorms.

Where there’s a risk of lighting, it advises people outside to avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.

The Met Office advises motorists to keep their windows wound right up when driving during a thunderstorm and stay inside their car, as the vast majority of cars have a metal roof and frame which will conduct current to the ground.