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UK weather warning: Environment Agency releases alerts for 11 areas amid lightning storms

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Weather forecasters confirmed further misery for Brits yesterday, as it laid down two weather warnings. One states lightning storms will strike dozens of areas in England and Scotland, with notifications for regions stretching from London to Glasgow. Another less broad warning in the southwest warns of torrential rain and a “danger to life”, and the Environment Agency has provided some emphasis of its own.

The Environment Agency has laid down ten amber weather warnings across the country amid the heavy rain.

They fall around the midlands, in areas covered by the Met Office’s lightning storm warning today.

The organisation predicted potentially severe weather looming large over all of England save for the far south and parts of Cornwall and Devon, up to Scotland.

The Environment Agency’s amber advisories are dotted around the north, stretching from Mansfield to Birmingham.

The amber alert means flooding in the region is “possible” at some point today.

Warning areas include:

  • Bottle Brook in Derbyshire
  • Loughborough Urban Watercourses
  • Lower River Soar in Leicestershire
  • River Blythe in Warwickshire
  • River Cole
  • River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Rea
  • River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire
  • River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire
  • Upper Tame

The Environment Agency suggests people take action if their area falls under a flood alert.

The first thing they should do is keep abreast of their local flood alert status.

They should also keep a bag ready containing significant items from their home.

Such items could include insurance documents or medications if they need to leave home at some point.

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People should also familiarise themselves with their utility on and off switches.

Active utilities could result in gas leaks or permanently damaged appliances.

Gas, electricity and water main supplies will all need shutting down during a flood.

Anyone expecting a flood should also prepare a plan for moving family or pets to safety.

The Met Office currently expects rain will last until Sunday night.

The agency has stationed warnings over much of the country after today’s expire.

They commence tomorrow from 10am and warn of fresh rain in Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.

Stormy conditions should last until 11.59pm tomorrow, and rain could puddle up to 1.5 inches.

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