Up to twenty milimetres of rain could fall over the weekend, leading to flooding around some of our rivers. It will be as nothing though compared to the disaster of Sixty years ago when dozens of people died and coastal towns along the North Kent coast were wrecked.
Forecasters say we are now much more prepared, thanks to the Thames Barrier and stronger sea defences - and a much better warning system. Derek Johnson speaks to March Douch and colin Bowley from the Environment Agency's Flood Warning Centre in Kent.
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Thursday afternoon's weather for the east of the region
Thursday afternoon's weather for the west of the region