RESIDENTS are being urged to take caution with thunder and lightning storms forecast.

A yellow warning has been issued across the North West, with thundery downpours potentially leading to some flooding.

The warning came into effect from 2pm this afternoon, Tuesday, and it will remain in place through to midnight.

Meteorologists say some flooding of homes and businesses is possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.

Damage is also possible to buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

Moreover, there is a ‘good chance’ driving conditions will be affected by spray and standing water, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out this afternoon and move northwards, slowly dying out during the evening and first part of the night.

“Many places will miss these, but where they do occur, there is the chance of some localised impacts from heavy rain, as well as damage from lightning strikes.

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“Around 10mm to 20mm of rain is possible in an hour or so, with some places potentially seeing 30mm in a few hours.

“Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit.

“Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

“People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It is easy to do.

“Consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

“If you find yourself outside and hear thunder, protect yourself by finding a safe enclosed shelter such as a car.

“Do not shelter under or near trees, or other structures which may be struck by lightning. If you are on an elevated area, move to lower ground.

“Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly. When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.”