Published: 09:17, 18 June 2021
| Updated: 09:24, 18 June 2021
Flood alerts have been put in place as heavy rain falls on Kent this morning.
The Environment Agency issued the warning for the area surrounding the Pent Stream in Folkestone, which runs from Cheriton to the harbour.
This includes from Eddington to the sea, including Herne Bay, the Swalecliffe Brook from near Court Lees to the sea, including Chestfield and Swalecliffe and the West Brook from the railway line to the sea including Studd Hill and Hampton.
Flooding could also occur at the River Bourne, from Hadlow to East Peckham, including Golden Green and Little Mill.
In a statement, the Environment Agency said to 'be prepared'.
It continued: "This is a pre-emptive flood alert for heavy rainfall which is forecast today.
'This is a pre-emptive flood alert for heavy rainfall which is forecast today...'
"An organised band of persistent rain will move across the coast this morning and clear by lunchtime.
"A feature of today's forecast is the potential for very heavy showers embedded in the mornings rain and which may persist through the afternoon.
"These downpours could cause flooding to occur quickly."
The agency said it is "monitoring the situation": "Our incident response staff are clearing trash screens at various locations and we are liaising with emergency services and our partners."