Met Office issues ‘danger to life’ warning for brutal two-day storm and floods

A slew of yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office with a possible danger to life as thundery storms lash parts of England and strong winds batter the Welsh coast.

One yellow weather warning covers a swathe of East Anglia down to Kent with the Met Office reporting there is a “small chance” homes and businesses could be flooded quickly with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.

In force from 8pm on Friday (August 18), the warning continues until 5am on Saturday with thunderstorms expected to cause lightning strikes, travel disruption, a “small” chance of communities being cut off and a “slight” chance of power cuts, according to the Met Office.

The warning said: “There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”

A second yellow weather warning has been in force since 6am and is set to last until midday on Friday.

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It covers a stretch of England from Birmingham to Bath and including the south coast from around Poole harbour round to the Thames estuary.

The Met Office said there is a “good chance” driving conditions will be affected by spray and standing water, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

There is also a chance of flooding of some homes and businesses and a chance of damage to buildings and structures from lightning strikes, as well as short term loss of power. Delays to train services are also possible, according to the Met Office.

Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning for rain has been issued and is in force across Northern Ireland from 9pm on Friday to 6am on Saturday.

It too includes a danger to life warning, as heavy rain promises to batter the two regions.

The Met Office again warned of a “small” chance homes and businesses could be flooded and of fast flowing or deep floodwater posing a danger to life.

Another yellow weather warning also covers a swathe of western Britain and the east coast of Northern Ireland with very strong and gusty winds battering coastlines in southern Scotland, north west England, Wales and Cornwall.

Set to last from 6pm on Friday to midday on Saturday, the Met Office warns of possible injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach marterials being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Tiles blown from roofs, disruption to road, rail, air and ferry services, longer journey times and cancellations are all possible with some roads and bridges forced to close.

The Met Office also warns of power cuts and a possible impact on mobile phone coverage.

On top of Friday’s warnings, there are two more yellow weather warnings issued for Scotland on Saturday.

Heavy rain is threatening to bring disruption to a swathe of Scotland running from Aberdeen to the Isle of Arran from 3am to midday on Saturday.

The Met Office warning said bus and train services will probably be affected with journeys taking longer and the possibility of cancellations.

Spray and flooding on roads will also probably make journeys longer and flooding of homes and businesses is possible.

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