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Met Office thunderstorm and flood warning for Derbyshire

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The Met Office has said Derbyshire residents should prepare for flooding and damage to buildings, adverse driving conditions, and delays to train services as it issues a yellow thunderstorm warning for the region.

A statement, issued this morning, Friday, September 9, said downpours of rain will begin “fairly widely” again by this afternoon, some being heavy with scattered thunderstorms.

These, the Meteorological Office added, are to result in 15-20mm of rain within an hour in places, with one or two spots probably seeing 30-50 mm in around three hours. Where these successive, slow-moving showers occur, frequent lightning is also possible, along with hail.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “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.

“Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, potentially leading to some damage to buildings or structures. Perhaps damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes, with short-term loss of power and other services possible.”

If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, the Met Office has advised that you “wind up the windows and stay inside your car. This is because in the vast majority of cars with a metal roof and frame, the frame will act as a conductive Faraday cage, passing the current around the passengers inside and on to the ground”.

The Met Office also advises that drivers should never travel through flood water. A spokesperson said: “If the road is flooded, turn around and find another route. The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.

“The public are advised to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water. Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing.

“Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car’s engine will lead to severe damage.”

An Environment Agency spokesperson said flooding is “possible” in places during the next few days. They added: “Local flooding from surface water is possible across parts of northern, central and eastern England today (Friday) and is possible but not expected elsewhere in England today and in eastern England tomorrow. Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”

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