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Flash flooding, power cuts and travel disruption threat as yellow weather warning issued

PUBLISHED: 15:21 12 August 2018

The rain is returning to Suffolk and Essex - this time with the potential for even more extreme weather. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The rain is returning to Suffolk and Essex - this time with the potential for even more extreme weather. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Thunderstorms, lightning, hail, heavy downpours and strong winds are set to hit the region tomorrow - prompting the Met office to issue a yellow weather warning.

Ipswich is in the middle of the forecasted bad weather that will be hitting East Anglia this week. Picture: GREGG BROWNIpswich is in the middle of the forecasted bad weather that will be hitting East Anglia this week. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The summer storms could result in as much as 30mm of rain in an hour, bringing the threat of flash flooding and power cuts.

The Met office are warning the storms could cause major disruption to roads and rail.

The yellow weather warning covers areas including Ipswich, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft and is likely to remain in force between 11am and 10pm on Monday.

Some places may miss the downpours and stay largely dry, however other areas could feel the full blow.

High streets across the East of England are set for a dousing after the hot weather, but the sudden large rainfall may cause flooding. Picture: GREGG BROWNHigh streets across the East of England are set for a dousing after the hot weather, but the sudden large rainfall may cause flooding. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Spray and sitting flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road may be closed as a result.

Drivers are being advised to plan ahead. There is also likely to be an impact on public transport.

The Met Office predict that the storms will ease off by late evening.

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