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Thunderstorm warning for Lancashire and exactly when it will hit

Written by on June 15, 2020

Lancashire is bracing itself for a further eight hours of thunderstorms and heavy rain for just the second time in three days.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms covering all of the red rose county.

This includes Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Rossendale, Chorley, Leyland, Lytham-St-Annes and Fleetwood.

The warning starts from 1pm this afternoon (June 15) and last until 9pm this evening.

Flooding of businesses is likely, coinciding with the day on which the majority of ‘non-essential’ businesses reopen their doors to trade. Homes are also likely to be affected.

What to expect

  • Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures
  • Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes
  • There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus
  • Delays to train services are possible
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is likely

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out this afternoon before slowly fading this evening.

“Whilst not all places will be affected by these shower and thunderstorms, where they do occur torrential downpours are possible. 15 to 25 mm rain may fall in an hour in some places whilst a few spots could see 30 to 40 mm rain in two or three hours. Frequent lightning is possible and a few places may see some hail.”

The new warning comes after Saturday’s yellow weather warning for thunderstorms.

A yellow weather warning of thunderstorms has been issued for Lancashire by the Met Office (Image: Met Office)

Lasting between 12pm and 7pm, it saw some the North West of England hit with up to 20mm of rain falling in just one hour.

The new weather warning covers the vast majority of the North West, including Liverpool, Manchester, Cumbria, and Chester.

Areas on the Cumbrian coast are set to avoid the worst of it, with Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness not covered by the warning.