The Met Office has issued a weather warning for Herefordshire on Sunday, with thunderstorms possible.

The Met Office warning, issued for Herefordshire says:

“Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out in the south of this area late Sunday morning and early Sunday afternoon, moving steadily north whilst growing into larger areas of rain before clearing the area. 

“Some intense downpours are possible in a few places, giving up to 30 mm in less than hour and perhaps 40-50 mm over 2 to 3 hours leading to surface water flooding.

“Hail, frequent lightning strikes and strong wind gusts will be additional localised hazards.”

What should I do?

Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an  emergency flood kit.

Prepare to protect your property and people from injury.

Before gusty winds arrive, check to ensure 

moveable objects or temporary structures are well secured. 

Items include; bins, garden furniture, 

trampolines, tents, gazebos, sheds, and fences.

Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

If you find yourself outside and hear thunder, protect yourself by finding a safe enclosed shelter (such as a car).

Do not shelter under or near trees, or other structures which may be struck by lightning. 

If you are on an elevated area move to lower ground.

Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.

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