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Environment Agency warns of potential flooding in South East overnight

People in South East advised to check their local flood risk with Environment Agency

People living across the South East are being warned about possible flooding tonight because of predictions of thunder storms across Kent and Sussex. Heavy rain is predicted to fall overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. The Met Office has warned of the potential of localised flooding in areas in the south east of England, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The Environment Agency will have an incident room open. The organisation also has teams out working on the ground.

“Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.’’

– Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Manager

Amber alert: Heavy rain warning for Kent & Sussex

Weather map showing the area where rain and heavy downpours are expected Credit: MetOffice

The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy rain tonight, with severe thundery downpours expected in the Kent and Sussex areas on Wednesday night, and overnight into Thursday.

Be prepared for heavy thundery downpours in parts of the South East


Met Office rain warning issued for the Meridian region

Heavy rain on the way Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain from midnight on Sunday until 11pm on Monday. That means there is the risk of localised flooding and surface water on the roads leading to difficult road conditions.

It's due to a band of heavy rain, accompanied by strong northeasterly winds, affecting the south and south-east through Sunday night and at times during Monday.

The heaviest of the rain will clear from the south-east during the morning, but further heavy, slow moving and potentially thundery showers are likely to occur.

Met Office warn heavy rain will hit the South

There is a yellow weather warning for the South of England Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for South East and London and warn people to expect heavy rain and thunderstorms.

People across the South have been told to expect localised flooding and surface water could lead to difficult driving conditions.

The Met Office have also issued hail and lightning warnings locally.

The showers are likely to break out across Southern England early on Tuesday afternoon and finish on Tuesday evening.

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