Netizen 24 GBR: Weather Live: Lightning leaves parts of West Midlands flooded with conflicted reports for Birmingham

By On May 31, 2018

Weather Live: Lightning leaves parts of West Midlands flooded with conflicted reports for Birmingham

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The yellow weather warning has been upgraded in parts of the West Midlands today with floods and lightning expected.

An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office today from 4pm into tomorrow morning.

Major rainfall has been forecast to hit Birmingham again - just days after a storm brought chaos.

Weather warnings are in place for an astonishing 34 hours is in the West Midlands, lasting from Thursday 11am until 9pm on Friday.

Thunderstorms could bring "torrential rain" with 40mm forecast to fall in one hour in some areas of the West Midlands.

Frequent lightning and large hail are possible, forecasters warned.

We will bring you all the latest on the weather in the updates below, throughout the next two days.

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What to expect:

  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Torrential downpours
  • Flooding in some places
  • Frequent lightning.

Further details from the Met Office

  • 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.

The forecasts come just days after heavy storms saw homes and streets flooded across Birmingham and the Black Country .

One man died in the early hours of Monday (May 28) after his vehicle was submerged in flood water in Walsall.

The victim, who is believed to be in his 80s, was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

Key Events

  • Urgent warning
  • Hour-by-hour weather forecast for Birmingham
  • Weather warning upgraded to amber for West Midlands
  • When are storms due today?
  • Why is Birmingham prone to flooding?

Flooding in some parts of West Midlands

... still not here

OK, so it rather depends on who you believe.

The BBC says lightning is imminent in Birmingham and will continue through the nice till about 4am.

The Met Office seems to think the worst that will happen will be the sun going in according to this graphic...

Met Office weather forecast, May 31
Met Office weather forecast, May 31

Lightning storm leaves Calais 'en route to Britain'

A lightning storm has moved over mainland Europe and into the English Channel in the last few minutes.

The live map of lightning strikes shown below (from lightningmaps.org) shows the picture at the moment.

Environment Agency promise to 'work 24/7'

Kate Marks, Environment Agency flood duty manager, has promised staff will work 24/7 to keep areas safe from flooding.

She said: “Further heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms bring a risk of localised surface water and river flooding on Thursday and Friday. The m ain risk is for the Western counties of England, with urban areas most likely to see the impacts of any flash flooding.

Throughout this period of unsettled stormy weather, our teams will continue to work 24/7 operating flood defences, clearing blockages in rivers and streams to ensure they flow freely, and supporting partners responding to any incidents of surface water flooding.

“With heavy rain forecast during rush hour, drivers should stay up to date with the latest weather forecast and travel information before making their journey. We remind people not to drive through floodwater as just 30cm can move your car.

“The public can check our active alerts and warnings â€" which are updated every 15 minutes â€" online at www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk or by calling 0345 988 1188.”

Why is it so hard to predict lightning strikes?

An interesting explainer from the Met Office this.

Ever wondered why it†™s so hard to predict lightning storms? Well here’s your answer - told through pans.

What's the advice?

Birmingham City Council advises you prepare for flooding by moving valuable and electrical items upstairs or to a higher place.

It advises keeping medication, glasses, hearing aid batteries, insurance documents, bank cards and money, somewhere safe. Turn off your gas, electricity and water before flood water enters your home (contact your supplier if you are unsure how to do this).

If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice, particularly before disposing of damaged items. If you haven’t got insurance the National Flood Forum can offer help and support. Call them on 01299 403055 or visit them at www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk. Call 999 if there is a threat to life.

If you live in a council property then please call 08000 733 333.

If it become s necessary to evacuate your property then please follow any official advice you are given.

KEY EVENT

Urgent warning

Brummies are being urgently warned.

Chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard-Boyd warned: “Thunderstorms from later today could mean surface water & river flooding. Do not drive through flood water.”

The storm, which began just after 11pm in some parts and raged on through the night.

The region will be battered by two separate bands of storms on Thursday, forecasters are warning.

Meteorologists say flooding is a risk.

The alert warns: “Severe thunderstorms likely to produce torrential downpours, flooding in some places and frequent lightning.”

Hour by hour forecast for today

Well this makes for grim reading....

This is today’s weather forecast for Birmingham.

The Met Office are forecasting heavy storms to batter the city this afternoon.

1pm - Cloudy - 19C

2pm - Cloudy - 20C

3pm - THUNDERSTORMS - 22C

4pm - THUNDERSTORMS - 22C

5pm - THUNDERSTORMS - 22C

6pm - THUNDERSTORMS - 21C

7pm - Cloudy - 21C

8pm - Cloudy - 21C

9pm - THUNDERSTORMS - 20C

10pm - Overcast - 19C

11pm - Overcast - 18C

KEY EVENT

Hour-by-hour weather forecast for Birmingham

The Met Office predicts that the thunderstorms will set in around 3pm and continue until about 5pm.

Then, a second band will sweep the city and batter the West Midlands region at around 8pm.

Early fog and low cloud will lift to give some sunny spells through the day.

There will be thunderstorms though, with some torrential downpours, and hail and lightning are likely.

The thunderstorms will continue tonight, with the risk of further downpours, hail and lightning.

This story shows specifically what the Met Office is forecasting for our region.

Sc hool closed due to flooding

KEY EVENT

Weather warning upgraded to amber for West Midlands

In the last few moments the Met Office has upgraded it’s weather warning for parts of the West Midlands region.

The new amber warning suggests heavy storms could batter southern parts region anytime from 4pm today through until 6am tomorrow.

A 34 hour weather warning remains in place for the whole region.

What to expect:

  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Torrential downpours
  • Flooding in some places
  • Frequent lightning.

Further details from the Met Office

  • 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 le ading 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.
KEY EVENT

When are storms due today?

They are expected to come in two waves...

When storms are forecast on May 31
When storms are forecast on May 31
KEY EVENT

Why is Birmingham prone to flooding?

We had weekend floods, now further floods are predicted this week, with a yellow warning in place.

A leading University of Birmingham academic says that we only have ourselves to blame for the recent spate of floods because of the way in which the city has been developed around its three rivers â€" the Rea, Cole and Tame.

And unless water is â €œcontained at source” on the rivers’ floodplains, he argues, problems in the urban environment will not be resolved.

Here is Graham Young’s story in full about the issue in our city.

KEY EVENT

Here we go again!

There is a yellow weather warning in place today.

The Met Office has issued the warning for Birmingham and the West Midlands - with a risk of flooding on Thursday.

Thunderstorms are likely to affect southern parts of the UK from late Thursday morning through the rest of the day, the agency warned.

Storms are expected to move northwards into southern and some eastern parts of England during Thursday morning, with further heavy showers and thunderstorms developing across a wider area during the course of the afternoon and evening.

The Met Office warns: “Any thunderstorms over eastern England and the north Midlands will move through relatively quickly, but further south and west, they could become slow moving and lead to torrential rain in some places.

“There is the potential for 30-40 mm of rain to fall in an hour and perhaps as much as 60-80 mm in 2-3 hours.

“As well as this, frequent lightning and large hail are possible.”

Source: Google News

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