Met office issues yellow weather warning for thunderstorms
The Met office has released a yellow weather warning for this week, for thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday night.
They have said to look out for the following:
Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
There is a chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, or damaged by lightning strikes, hail or sudden gusts of wind
To stay safe in a thunderstorm the Met office recommends:
Avoid using the phone - telephone lines can conduct electricity
Avoid using taps and sinks - metal pipes can conduct electricity
If outside avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects
Avoid activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating on a lake
Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails.
If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles
If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them.
Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground
If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately