Met Office issues yellow weather warning as thunderstorms set to hit the North East

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the North East and other parts of the country as heavy rain is expected in South Tyneside on Thursday (October 20).

The yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands and most of the North of England, as 20 to 30mm of rain is possible within an hour, with up to 40mm in some places

Most of South Tyneside looks set to be spared the worst of the weather, with the thunderstorms appearing to stop short of the coast.

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The Met Office says the thunderstorms could cause some isolated flooding and disruption, including a small chance of damage to some buildings, power cuts and public transport delays and cancellations.

South Tyneside will be hit by heavy rain on Thursday.

The warning is in place until 1pm on Thursday (October 20).

Heavy rain is expected across the borough, with highs of 12°C.

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On the weather warning, the Met Office states: "Bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms will move quickly northwards this morning. Not everywhere will see these, but where they do occur, 20 to 30 mm of rain is possible within an hour, and perhaps as much as 40 mm in a few places. Lightning will be an additional hazard. Rain will continue this afternoon but become less intense.”

Commuters are also warned that there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, with the Met Office saying spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and road closures.

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The Met Office added: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.”

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