Further storms to lash UK after flash flooding

Further storms to lash UK after flash flooding
Further storms to lash UK after flash flooding

Torrential rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of the UK last night, with further storms due to hit later today.

Forecasters warned that the worst of the storms are not over, with yellow warnings in place for much of the country.

Thunderstorms are likely to hit Scotland, Northern Ireland, most of the north of England, Wales and the Midlands between 9am and 10pm on Friday.

Following severe rain and thunder overnight, which hit the South West hardest, the Met Office lifted weather warnings for the region just after 5am.

The yellow weather warning, meaning risk of flooding, is covering much of the UK. Pic: Met Office
Image: Yellow weather warnings, meaning risk of flooding, cover much of the UK. Pic: Met Office

Damage from the storm overnight is likely to affect transport and roads on Friday morning as local authorities work to repair the damage.

In Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, a large tree was pictured blocking a road after being downed by the storm.

Nearby Didcot Parkway railway station was flooded, with passengers having to wade through deep water or be helped by firefighters.

In neighbouring Gloucestershire, the fire and rescue service received multiple calls overnight due to flash flooding.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Gaffar said to expect severe rainfall in parts of the country over the weekend.

"The showers may produce some torrential downpours this weekend over parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland with the risk of hail and lightning too," she said.

"Although showers will be hit and miss, there is the potential for up to 30mm of rain to fall in an hour in some spots and as much as 70mm in two to three hours, which is more than a month's worth of rain fall.

"There will also be some showery rain affecting parts of eastern England for the rest of this week, but it won't be as heavy as the showers."

Train commuters in the Midlands are facing disruptions after lightning strikes damaged overhead equipment between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.

Network Rail said the disruption was expected until about 9am.

At Gatwick Airport, Ryanair cancelled a "small number" of flights, with others delayed.

While many are braced for further flash flooding, others will see spells of sunshine as the first day of meteorological summer begins.

Met Office meteorologist John West said a "lively" day was in store on Friday, despite a bright start for some.

He said: "It will be a warm and humid day, with some decent spells of sunshine. But with the temperatures rising and an awful lot of moisture in the air, we'll see more heavy showers and thunderstorms returning by early afternoon.

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"This will affect Northern Ireland, Scotland and western parts of England and Wales.

"With some torrential downpours, it is likely that we will see some localised flooding."

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