Flash flooding and thunderstorm warning from Environment Agency

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Communities across the south east are being warned to prepare for possible flooding on Thursday and Friday, due to incoming thunderstorms.

Heavy rainfall is forecast overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning.

This could lead to localised surface water flooding for areas of the south east of England, particularly in parts of East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Kent.

The Environment Agency is opening its incident rooms and will be tracking the weather system. It is likely that if heavy rainfall does occur, fast acting rivers are likely to respond first.

Our teams are out on the ground working with partners to reduce the risk of flooding and we are supporting local authorities who will respond to reports of surface water flooding.

There is a possibility that Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings may be issued over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. People are encouraged to know their flood risk and check the Environment Agency website for the latest information.

Ian Nunn, Environment Agency manager, said, “Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

“There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

“Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.”

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