Met Office extends warning as heavy thunderstorms move in

A storm is heading to Liverpool
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The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning as thunderstorms and heavy downpours are set to batter Merseyside.

Earlier on Tuesday, July 9, forecasters issued a warning covering parts of south Liverpool, Wirral, Kirkby and West Lancashire. The warning has been in place since 2pm.

Met Office experts said there could be some flooding in these areas, with damage to buildings also possible from lightning strikes.

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Driving conditions are also likely to be affected by spray and standing water, which could cause delays on roads and to public transport.

The Met Office said in a statement: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out this afternoon and move northwards, slowly dying out during the evening and first part of the night.

"There is the chance of some localised impacts from heavy rain, as well as damage from lightning strike. 10-20mm of rain is possible in an hour or so, with some places potentially seeing 30mm in a few hours."

When it was first issued, the warning was due to run until midnight tonight, Tuesday, however it has now been extended until 2am on Wednesday, July 10.

People are being told to expect:

  • Some flooding of a few homes and businesses possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures

  • Perhaps some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes

  • There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water, leading to longer journey times by car and bus

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