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Rain warning: Met Office yellow weather warning in place for the south east

Heavy rain warning for the south east until 8pm Credit: Met Office

A Met Office yellow warning for heavy rain has been issued for the south east. The warning is in place until 8pm with the likelihood of localised surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

The rain and showers will be often heavy with a risk of hail, lightning and gusty winds. 30 mm rainfall is possible in 2-3 hours in places, with some locations perhaps seeing 40 mm in less than 6 hours.

Rain and showers will become less heavy towards evening before clearing after dusk.

Met Office satellite at 11am on Saturday shows heavy rain across the region Credit: Met Office

Get the latest weather forecast for where you live here.

Strong winds close the i360 tower on Brighton beach

Strong winds have closed the i360. The moving observation tower - the tallest in the world - is on Brighton beach. Staff are closely monitoring the weather and say it is due to improve soon.

Brighton's i360 observation tower - the tallest moving one in the world Credit: ITV Meridian

Only last month, the attraction broke down as part of "teething problems" leaving passengers stuck in the viewing pod. Specialist engineers were called in to work on it.

The i360 opened in August and is expected to welcome around 70,000 visitors a year who can enjoy panoramic views of the Sussex coastline and South Downs national park. The pod climbs to 450 feet (138 metres).

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