THE MET office has put out an amber alert across Worcestershire due to "exceptionally powerful thunderstorms."

It is thought flash flooding could cause serious disruption across the county. 

Dave Throup, the environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire said: "It is getting serious. An amber warning has been issued for our patch for the next few hours.

"Exceptionally powerful thunderstorms could deliver up to 100mm of rain in a couple of hours.

"If that happens there will be severe impacts. Take extreme care if out in warning area."

WEATHER: Six days of thunderstorms predicted in Worcestershire

What you can expect: 

  • There is a chance that fast flowing/deep water could suddenly occur, bringing a danger to life and extensive flooding of homes and businesses
  • Damage to buildings/structures from lightning strikes, hail, strong winds may occur
  • If flooding occurs, road closures with long delays and cancellations to bus and rail services are possible
  • Rapidly changing, dangerous driving conditions from spray, sudden flooding, standing water and/or hail might occur
  • Power and other essential services, such as gas, water, mobile phone service could be lost
  • Communities might be completely cut off, perhaps for several days

We will keep you updated as the evening progresses.