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Met Office issues weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms in Kent

Heavy rain and storms have hit the county.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for heavy, thundery downpours this afternoon and into the evening.

While some places will miss the deluge, most of the county is due to be lashed by torrential rainfall in a short space of time.

Video: Shoppers were drenched in the downpour in Maidstone today

Maidstone was no exception - where shoppers in the town centre were hit by a short but heavy downpour earlier today.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow-moving, leading to some localised prolonged, torrential thundery downpours which could give 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and close to 40 mm in two or three hours.

"The heaviest showers are most likely during the mid to late afternoon and early evening, so are likely to coincide with the rush hour.

"As is often the case in sort of situation, some places will miss the showers whilst nearby locations experience heavy downpours and the exact location of where the heaviest showers occur is very uncertain."

The warning is in place from midday until 10pm.

People are warned to be aware of the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

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