Flood alert near Bristol as Met Office issues 'danger to life' warning with storms forecast
A flood alert has been issued near Bristol as heavy rain and thunder is forecast for this afternoon and into the evening.
The Environment Agency is warning localised thunderstorms may cause surface water flooding south of Bristol in the River Chew catchment which runs from Keynsham through the Chew Valley, Chew Magna and towards Chewton Mendip.
The alert means flooding is possible - be prepared.
The Environment Agency said: "Isolated thundery rainfall is forecast this afternoon and into the evening of the 31st May 2018, however the rainfall amount and exact location is uncertain. Localised thunderstorms may cause some surface water flooding where water is not able to drain away.
"This unsettled weather is expected to continue into Friday. Whilst river levels within the Chew catchment are stable and have not met criteria we ar e issuing the Flood Alert to raise awareness. This is largely due to the nature of the rainfall and that the Chew catchment can react quickly to intense rainfall.
"We are constantly monitoring river levels. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings, flood waters may be deep and fast flowing. Please refer to river levels on the internet for current river levels."
Bedminster Fire Station tweeted: "Horrendous weather on the way into work tonight, take it steady with rush hour approaching,lots of surface water on the roads."
An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said: "Be prepared if you're on the roads today.
"The Met Office has issued an amber heavy rain with lightning/thunder/hail/strong winds warning from 4pm this afternoon until 6am tomorrow morning for our force area.
"There is the potential for poor travel conditions an d disrupted services so please allow plenty of time for traveling.
"In cases of bad weather, we'd also appreciate if you could check on any neighbours who are vulnerable, elderly or live alone to make sure they're OK."
Danger to life
A 'danger to life' warning has been issued for Bristol as torrential rain and thunderstorms are set to batter Bristol this evening.
An Amber warning has been issued by the Met Office for between 4pm on Thursday to 6am on Friday.
A Met Office spokeswoman said: "Severe thunderstorms likely to produce torrential downpours, flooding in some places and frequent lightning."
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Storms are really expected to get bad at around 5pm, with more severe thunder and lightning predicted from 10pm.
Experts are warning, the extreme weather conditions could cause delays to public transport and power cuts across the area.
The storms could bring up to 80mm (3in) of rain in just a few hours.
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What to expect
- Flooding of homes and businesses is likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, delays and some cancellations to train, bus and air services are likely.
- Spray and sudden flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures and some communities likely to become cut off if roads flood.
- Power cuts likely to occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.