Sunshine on hold as thunderstorms arrive

Written by on 9th August 2019

Many Torfaen residents were awoken early this morning (9th August) as heavy rain and thunder arrived.

Thunderstorms hit the majority of the UK as weather warning comes into effect

Met Office currently has a yellow weather warning in force for the majority of the UK for rain.

The weather warning states “A band of heavy rain followed by heavy showers or thunderstorms has the potential to bring disruption.”

What to expect during the weather warning:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads

What to do during a storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

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