LIVE lightning tracker: Entire streets are cut off as floods wreak havoc on homes – 16 alarms have been issued.
The UK is expected to be hit by floods this weekend, with thunderstorm warnings covering more than half of the country and entire roads already shut off by standing water.
The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings for more than half of the UK until Saturday. The forecaster has warned that the heavy rains might lead to additional flooding, with some regions receiving up to 80-100mm of rain in a single day. Scotland is particularly vulnerable to floods, with 12 flood alerts currently in effect, implying that houses and businesses could be destroyed by lightning and floodwater.
Both warnings are in effect from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with road closures and public transportation delays expected as a result of the massive downpour.
Forecasters are anticipating slow-moving thunderstorms with localized surface water impacts from the West Midlands northwards to central Scotland this morning, according to the weather warning.
Northern Ireland, which is totally covered by the yellow warning, is predicted to be particularly hard struck.
Scotland will also expect more intense rainfall in some areas, according to the Met Office, which has issued a rain warning for the local authorities of Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Moray.
According to the forecaster, these areas will be drenched by persistent, occasionally heavy rain, which will be accompanied by strong southeasterly winds.
Rainfall of 40-60mm is forecast, with flooding and transport disruption probable, however the rain should reduce to scattered heavy showers by this afternoon.
However, the bad weather will continue northwards tomorrow, with thunderstorm warnings in effect for all of mainland Scotland by 4 a.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, Carol Kirkwood of the BBC has warned that the torrential rain that has engulfed the UK could result in more floods.
It comes only days after Storm Evert blew through portions of the country last week, destroying staycations in the UK with its gale-force winds.
If the weather continues to deteriorate, the Met Office has warned that another storm may be called.
Flood alerts have already been issued in 12 local authorities in Scotland, which might be particularly vulnerable to flooding.
Spray and floodwater on the roadways could make driving difficult, so motorists are urged to be cautious.
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“Brinkwire Summary News” predicts a deluge in the United Kingdom.