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Storm Alex to hit Kent on Friday with heavy rain and strong 65mph winds

Strong winds and a deluge of heavy rain are set to hit Kent tomorrow.

Storm Alex, named by the French meteorological service, will batter the county from the early hours.

Kent's coast could be hit with big waves
Kent's coast could be hit with big waves

Winds could reach up to 65mph and rain is set to remain constant until the early afternoon.

Bursts of heavy rain are forecast before the wet weather slowly relents and becomes showery after 1pm.

Temperatures are predicted to just touch double figures.

Flood warnings are to be in place across southern England tomorrow. And a Met Office yellow warning for rain was extended this morning to include parts of west Kent such as Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, the Weald and the Romney Marsh.

The south west is due to be worse hit, however, the strong winds and hours of rain will cover Kent.

Storm Alex will linger over the county until Friday afternoon
Storm Alex will linger over the county until Friday afternoon

The 900-mile wide band of rain is coming north from France, bringing with it potentially choppy waters and the chance of disrupting travel.

The Met Office said: "Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.

"Some places could receive 40-50mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.

"Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60-65mph."

Meanwhile, today's weather is due to be the calm before the storm.

For all the forecasts, warnings and weather related news, click here.

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