Weather warning as storms predicted for Leeds

Torrential downpours and thunderstorms are predicted across Yorkshire. Pic: PA.
Torrential downpours and thunderstorms are predicted across Yorkshire. Pic: PA.
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STORMS are set to batter Yorkshire today, bringing torrential rain and potential flooding.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for region after heavy rain swept up from the south of England overnight.

Forecasters predict the rain to be persistent and heavy at times, with more than 50mm of rain in some areas by the end of today.

The Met Office warned that the public should be aware of a ‘significant risk’ of localised disruption due to surface water flooding.

Lightning, thunder and possibly hail may also be additional hazards.

A Met Office spokesman said: “As we have already seen this summer, this type of weather situation has the potential to cause sudden, localised surface water flooding and hazardous travelling conditions.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Our teams are out on the ground working hard with partners to reduce the risk of flooding, and will issue flood alerts and warnings for rivers if required.”

Drivers are being urged to stay safe on the roads.

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “The RAC is urging drivers to expect the worst and prepare for challenging conditions on the roads.

“Exercising care and caution is vital in heavy rain conditions, especially as traffic volumes are particularly high at the moment.

“Cut your speed, use dipped headlights and avoid driving through deep water.”

Mr Williams added: “Also be prepared to pull over and wait for the worst conditions to subside if you are hit by a heavy storm.”

It is believed the rain will clear from the west through the day, becoming less heavy.

Rainfall is likely to become confined to the east of the county by the end of today.