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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Police flash floods warning as thunderstorms forecast for Cumbria

A weather warning is in place for Cumbria this weekend.

The Met Office says heavy, thundery showers, possibly with large hail and strong wind gusts, are expected to strike on Saturday.

"Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as small, fast responding watercourses.

"The frequent lightning, large hail and strong gusts could also be an additional hazard," it adds.

The warning is in place for the whole day.

Police have advised drivers to take care in the adverse conditions.

"Heavy rain and widespread thunderstorms are expected across Cumbria, which could lead to surface water flooding and possible river flooding.

"Surface water flooding on roads can happen quickly and police are urging people to check the weather and roads before driving.

"Please drive to the conditions and do not attempt to drive through any water of which you are unable to judge the depth.

"There is also a chance of frequent lightning which could affect power in particular areas," said a spokeswoman.

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