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Environment Agency issues flood alerts for several areas including Sheppey, Folkestone and The Weald

Householders in parts of Kent have been warned to prepare for flooding as heavy rain is expected to hit Kent tonight.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall overnight and into tomorrow, the equivalent of a month's worth of rain in just a few hours.

Just before 7pm flood warnings were issued for parts of Sheppey, the Pent Valley catchment area in Folkestone and The River Eden catchment area in the Weald.

Flood alerts are in place for several areas
Flood alerts are in place for several areas

Warnings have also been issued for parts of Deal and Sandwich.

According to the Environment Agency, the forecast indicates parts of Kent could receive up to 50mm overnight.

River levels are likely to remain high due to tide locking at about 2am.

This morning the Met Office upgraded the severity of the warning from yellow - meaning be aware - to amber - be prepared.

The yellow warning came into force at 6pm tonight and remains in place until 6am on Friday.

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