A 28-hour yellow weather warning for heavy rain has been issued for Kent and the south of England by the Met Office. This will come into effect from 2am tomorrow (February 8) and will last until 6am on Friday (February 9).
Up to 45mm of rain could fall on areas of high ground while “many areas” will see between 15-25mm. People have been warned that flooding of homes and businesses is “possible”, while trains and buses will “probably” be affected and drivers should allow extra time for journeys.
The Met Office has also said people driving in storms and heavy rain will have reduced visibility and that there is a higher chance of debris. People are also being told roads would be more slippery when wet and are warned to never drive through flood water due to hidden hazards.
The Met Office forecast says: “A couple of bands of rain, heavy in places, will push northwards across southern England and south Wales during Thursday and early on Friday. Whilst a drier interlude is likely for a time during the middle part of Thursday, many places in the warning area will see 15-25 mm of rain accumulate during this period.
“However, some higher ground areas of southern England and south Wales could see as much as 35-45 mm of rain.” People should also check whether their property is at risk of flooding and were told to look at road conditions as well as bus and train timetables if they plan to travel, forecasters say.
The yellow warning for rain covers the whole of Kent as well as all parts of England south of London