Lancashire weather warning issued as eight hours of thunderstorms to batter region

Top tips for driving through standing water as Cumbria and Lancashire battered by rain
Heavy rain is expected -Credit:PA

An urgent weather warning has been issued across Lancashire as storm clouds gather on bank holiday Monday (May 6).

Heavy downpours are forecast to roll in across large parts of the region from 1pm today. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert, which will remain in place until 9pm.

The warning covers the majority of the county, with only coastal areas avoiding the possibility of thunderstorms. Not all places covered by the warning are expected to be hit, but those that are could be in line for up to 4cm of rain in just a couple of hours.

According to the Met Office, 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 also a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing 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.

There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads. There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Thunderstorms and heavy downpours are likely to break out in some places this afternoon and evening. Although not all places will catch these storms and downpours, where they do occur 20 to 40 mm rain may fall in some places in an hour or two.

"Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit. Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

"People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items."