UK tornado fears: Two regions put on alert after Met Office issues thunderstorm warning

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The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) has said isolated tornadoes “cannot be ruled out” across the southwest of England until 1am tomorrow. A weather update on TORRO’s website says: “Rather intense vertically-stacked low is to the SW of the Republic of Ireland.

“A shortwave trough is moving ENE and will overspread the area this afternoon and evening. Convection has developed ahead of a more general area of showery rain, whilst other convection may develop within the showery rain.

“Shear will be sufficient for cell organisation and perhaps rotation, leading to the risk of modestly large hail and gusty winds. Additionally, one or two tornadoes cannot be ruled out, especially from pre-frontal convection.”

It comes amid a Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across large swathes of the UK.

It was expected that drivers could face hazardous spray while lightning strikes and winds may well have damaged buildings today, Cornwall Live reports.

Flooding of homes and businesses is still possible and there might be rail disruption. Forecasters say some short-term loss of power is also a risk.

Rain is expected to briefly clear northwards tonight, said the Met Office.

But rain, hail and thunder is likely from tomorrow to Thursday.

The South-west and North-east will have the heaviest showers tomorrow but it’ll be warm and breezy for many.

Flooding could be possible in Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire today after a deluge of heavy rain. The Environment Agency has put out three flood alerts for Lower Dove Brooks in Staffordshire, River Maun in Nottinghamshire and the River Plym and Tory Brook.

A low pressure front from the Atlantic made landfall overnight, bringing thunder and rain to parts of the country.

A previous Met Office yellow warning was in place until 4am this morning across the southwest of England, the western coast of Wales and Northern Ireland.



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