The Met Office has issued two new weather warnings covering the whole of Essex.
Starting today, rain is forecast across the whole county (Thursday, August 27).
The yellow weather warning is already in place and is set to last until 7pm.
Much of the county is forecast heavy downpours, with rain lasting for the majority of the afternoon.
A warning for thunderstorms has also been put in place for tomorrow, with the country set to be battered by strong winds and heavy rain.
The warning is in place from 11am until 8pm, covering everywhere in England south of Birmingham.
Forecasters from the Met Office say we could see thunder and lightning across parts of Essex, adding: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop quite quickly later on Friday morning, but peaking during the afternoon for many, before probably becoming more restricted to the southeast and south coastal counties towards evening.
“Some places will miss the heavier rain, but other locations could see around 20 mm within an hour and perhaps 30 to 40 mm in around three hours, sufficient to cause issues on the roads.”
The Met Office has warned that there could be damage and disruption because of the bad weather.
The heavy rain means that we could see flooding of homes and businesses in some areas.
There is also likely to be a lot of surface water on the roads, which could cause spray and flooding.
Drivers are advised to prepare for delays and to drive more carefully.
The storms could bring further problems.
There is a good chance of disruption on the roads and to public transport due to further flooding, spray, standing water or hail.
Some buildings could become damaged in the storms if they are struck by lightning.
Problems with power supply could also happen, with some homes being left without electricity.
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How to stay safe in a storm
Ahead of the bad weather, The Met Office have issued advise on how to keep you and your family safe in thunder and lightning.
Before the storm:
- If you’re not already using a surge protector you should unplug any non essential appliances. This is because lightening can cause power surges.
- Seek shelter. If you hear a storm coming, your best bet is to get inside. When you can hear thunder you are within range of the next ground flash.
During the storm:
- Avoid using landlines where possible as telephone lines can conduct electricity.
- Avoid water if you are outside and try to find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.
- Avoid golf, rod fishing or boating on lakes.
- Be aware of metal objects that can conduct electricity, these include: umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails.
- If you are in a tent try and stay away from the metal poles.
- If you are in an exposed location it might be a good idea to squat near to the ground. Do not lie down, and try to keep as little of your body as possible from touching it.
- If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately.
After the storm:
- Stay away from downed power lines or broken cables
- If someone has been struck by lightening they often have been severely burnt. The strike also impacts the heart so you need to check for a pulse.