THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorm in Hampshire tonight (Wednesday, May 18).

There is a chance that thunderstorms may cause some flooding and disruption overnight, and residents are urged to take care when travelling.

The warning came into force from 7pm, and lasts until 3am on Thursday (May 19).

The warning covers most of the south east of England, including all of Hampshire.

What to expect

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

Posting to Facebook, Hampshire County Council wrote: "Our Highways teams are ready to keep Hampshire’s road network clear.

"Drivers are asked to be mindful of possible difficult driving conditions with surface water spray and the possibility of local surface water flooding. The Met Office says the Yellow weather warning could also see lightning damage to structures and infrastructure, which could lead to power outages.  

"We will have extra highways teams on standby overnight to deal with excess surface water, flooded roads or tree debris; as well as additional equipment ready to deploy to protect our highways. Our teams will do all they can to keep the roads clear."

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