Merseyside warned of power cuts as heavy rain and thunderstorms expected TONIGHT

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Merseyside has been told to expect heavy rain and thunderstorms as a weather front pushes through the area tonight.

The region has been placed on a yellow severe weather warning for heavy rain from 4pm – 3am Sunday.

Thunderstorms are expected to start breaking out from late Saturday afternoon over North Wales.

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These will then become more widespread over northern England on Saturday evening, clearing during the early hours of Sunday.

Whilst some places will miss these storms and remain dry, where they do occur some heavy rain and lightning is anticipated and in a few places there may also be hail and/or gusty winds.

The Met Office expect that 15-20 mm rain may fall in a relatively short space of time with a few spots seeing close to 30 mm of rain.

As a large amount of rainfall is expected this could lead to some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.

Possibly some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes with some short term loss of power and other services.

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.

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