Met Office warns of thunderstorms and flash flooding across Lancashire

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain has been issued
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The Met Office has issued a weather warning with thunderstorms and flash flooding predicted for this weekend.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 12 noon until 8pm on Sunday May 26. Forecasters said slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and disruption in places.

The Met Office said: "Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during Sunday afternoon. 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."

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The Met Office has issued the following advice:

Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit.

Prepare to protect your property and people from injury. Before gusty winds arrive, check to ensure moveable objects or temporary structures are well secured. Items include; bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, gazebos, sheds, and fences.

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.

If you find yourself outside and hear thunder, protect yourself by finding a safe enclosed shelter (such as a car). Do not shelter under or near trees, or other structures which may be struck by lightning. If you are on an elevated area move to lower ground.

Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.