Heavy rain arrives in Sunderland as thunderstorm weather warning remains in place

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place until midnight.

By Poppy Kennedy
Monday, 24 June, 2019, 15:15

Heavy rain has hit Sunderland this afternoon although it has eased for the time being.

Video footage shows a large amount of surface water built up on the A1231 following the downpour.

Surface water build up on A1231 following downpour

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and has warned of heavy rain which may cause flooding or disruption to travel.

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The warning says: “Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.”

The Met Office has a range of advice on its website for keeping safe during thunderstorms.

Where there’s a risk of lighting, it advises people outside to avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.