Yellow storm warning as North Staffordshire braces itself for return of torrential rain, lightning and thunder


A yellow weather warning has been put in place for Stoke-on-Trent  as more thunderstorms are forecast.

Flash floods hit North Staffordshire last week as two dramatic nights of weather saw the sky being lit up every few seconds and an almost constant and deafening rumble of thunder.

Now the Met Office is predicting the region is again set for another soaking with possible flooding and travel disruption.

The warning states: “Flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.”

Storm warnings are currently in place across Stoke-on-Trent and most of the UK today until Monday, August 17.

A yellow weather warning is in place for storms

Chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Up until Monday thunderstorm warnings cover much of England and Wales, with parts of southern England and South Wales seeing the greatest likelihood of impacts.

“The storms will not affect all areas, but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40mm of rain possible in less than an hour and, in a few unlucky spots, a small chance of 60mm falling in a short period.

“With the continuing hot weather, large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms, and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week.”

Last week, the country faced sweltering conditions  and ‘tropical nights’, where after-dark temperatures did not fall below 20C.

And Stoke-on-Trent was the epicentre of two nights of storms on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

It lead to widespread disruption with Alton Towers forced to close and turn away thousands of visitors after an electrical storm disrupted its water supply.

The erratic weather has seen the skies crack with flashes of  lightning  described as something from ‘War of the Worlds’, while the sun continued to beat down during the day.

The forecast for Stoke-on-Trent for Monday reads: “Another warm and humid day with showers throughout.

“The showers will often be heavy with a risk of thunder at times. There will be some bright or sunny spells possible, especially later in the day. Maximum temperature 21C.”





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