Met Office issues Stoke-on-Trent thunderstorms weather warning

Thunder in North Staffordshire (stock image) (credit: Greg Butler) -Credit:Greg Butler
Thunder in North Staffordshire (stock image) (credit: Greg Butler) -Credit:Greg Butler

A Met Office weather warning has been issued for thunderstorms across Stoke-on-Trent. The yellow weather warning comes into force from 1pm today and runs until 9pm tonight.

The Met Office is warning of 'thunderstorms and heavy downpours' which could lead to flooding and disrupt travel.

The weather warning states: "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.

"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 also a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to homes and businesses could be lost."

The BBC is also forecasting thunder and lightning to strike Stoke-on-Trent this Bank Holiday Monday.

Its latest weather forecast states: "This afternoon will continue to see variable cloud, sunny spells and scattered showers developing. These will be heavy at times with a risk of thunder in places. This evening will see variable cloud and some showers lingering around. Thicker cloud will build in from the north overnight but the risk of showers will tend to ease."

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