POWERCUTS, flooding and travel disruption could hit areas of Worcester, Malvern, Bromyard, Evesham and areas of the Cotswolds according to a weather warning issued for today.

The Met Office anticipates “thunderstorms, heavy showers and torrential downpours” which could cause “travel disruption and some flooding” between now and 11pm tonight (Monday, August 2).

The public has been warned:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
  • 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.

Evesham Journal: WARNING: The area covered by today's Met Office warning. Pic: Met Office.

The one saving grace is that our region is on the edge of the large band of bad weather which covers the south west and south Wales right across Wiltshire, Berkshire and into London, stretching as far down as the south coast over Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

Current forecasts suggest Worcester is likely to be hit by heavy rain at around 2pm but that it will clear by 4pm, while the heavier downpours are set to strike in Malvern between 7 and 9pm.

Evesham Journal:

Evesham is set to get steadier rain over longer periods of time through the evening with more rain and hail expected overnight, while that hail could affect the Cotswolds tonight in with heavy downpours.