Met Office thunderstorm warning extended to cover Teesside

A photo of Lightning over Saltburn beach.
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A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms that covered much of England has now been extended to cover Teesside.

The Met Office says that slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and disruption in places. The warning is in place between 12.00pm and 8.00pm on Sunday, and covers the whole of Teessie, Hartlepool and Darlington.

The Met Office says that rainfall accumulations will vary significantly across the warning area, "but where showers become organised, there is the possibility of 20-30 mm of rain falling in an hour or less. Frequent lightning and hail (particularly in the east of the area) may also cause impacts."

What to expect, according to Met Office

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes

  • 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 temporarily 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

The Met Office also advises that people should 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.

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