Met Office issue yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in NI - flooding, traffic delays, power cuts possible

The Met Office has forecast thunderstorms for parts of Northern Ireland today which “may cause travel disruption”.

The weather warning is in place between 1pm and 9pm today.

It says: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out this afternoon before slowly fading this evening.

“Whilst not all places will be affected by these showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur heavy 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”.

According to the Met Office warning residents could experience “some flooding of a few homes and businesses... leading to some damage to buildings or structures”.

The Met Office warning adds there will probably be “some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes”

Lightning strikes from a cloud during a thunderstorm above the city of Goerlitz, eastern Germany

“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,” adds the Met Office warning which also advises of “possible delays to train services”.

It also advises of “some short term loss of power and other services”.

According to the Met Office the most affected areas in NI are County Armagh, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, and County Tyrone.

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