Met Office issues yellow thunderstorm warning for North West

The Met Office has warned of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall for parts of Cheshire. Credit: PA images / Met Office

Parts of the North West face a washout with a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms issued by the Met Office.

Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester could see up to 20-30 mm of "intense" rainfall in an hour and 50-80 mm in three hours, the weather service has warned.

The yellow alert is in place between 2pm on Monday, 5 September, until 2am on Tuesday, 6 September.

Frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds are predicted to accompany stronger thunderstorms, particularly during the evening on Monday.

The Met Office say the bad weather could cause difficult driving conditions and may lead to longer journey times.

Homes and buildings could flood, with properties also at risk of damage and short-term power cuts due to lightning strikes and strong winds.

The yellow warning comes after the region was hit by heavy rain and thunder overnight on Sunday and into Monday morning.

The latest information on flooding in the region from the Environment Agency:


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