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Severe weather warning for Kent with Met Office predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms

By KentOnline reporter

Heavy rain and thunderstorms battered Kent yesterday, as forecasters put the county under a severe weather warning.

The yellow warning, for rain, predicts heavy, possibly thundery rain, lashing the region today - with parts of the county already suffering storms and heavy downpours.

Hawley Road in Dartford is partially flooded, and roads around Maidstone town centre are also underwater in paces.

Shoppers in Maidstone have been caught up in the showers. Picture: Kent Highways

But Kent weather expert Jeremy Proctor, who previously worked on a weather reporting ship, said the tail end of Hurricane Bertha is still to come, hitting Kent late on Sunday.

Mr Proctor said: "Meteorologists are unsure as to the exact track of Bertha, but I don't want to do a Michael Fish and say there'll be nothing to it.

"if it does hit we will get quite a bit of rain and the wind will get up. And we've got a fairly vigorous north westerly air stream, which will lower the temperature on Sunday."

Flooding in Hawley Road, Dartford

The Met Office is warning of possible disruption to travel due to standing surface water - with as much as 50mm of rain falling some areas this afternoon.

Very warm, humid air over the region is cause the current severe weather, and Mr Proctor says there is more on the way later next week.

Surface water caused by heavy rain in Maidstone

He said: "There is another depression following on from Bertha which could bring more heavy rain, perhaps around Thursday."

However, tomorrow should bring brief respite.

A new severe weather warning has been placed for Sunday.

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