Published: 18:17, 19 December 2019
| Updated: 18:49, 19 December 2019
Kent is bracing itself for torrential downpours.
Residents are warned that up to three inches of rain and a risk of flooding is expected this evening and in the upcoming days.
It comes after flood alerts have been issued for land next to the River Medway, Beult and Stour and other parts of the county.
Power cuts, disruption to transport and difficult driving conditions are also possible
Network Rail for Kent and Sussex tweeted: "Extremely heavy rain is on its way tonight.
"We’ve got teams working to protect the railway and ready to respond to any problems, but please do check before you travel tomorrow and take care on your way to stations and around the railway."
Maidstone Borough Council have also issued a flood warning to residents, asking them to be prepared and organised ahead of time in case they are affected.
When flooding does occur preparation is vital, and MBC is encouraging all those potentially at risk to get organised now and take steps to ensure they are prepared.
MBC is also reminding people that they are responsible for their own flood protection equipment which may include sandbags, and if they believe their’ home is at risk to purchase these from builders’ merchants now and store them at home ready to react quickly if there’s a problem.
Alison Broom, MBC Chief Executive said: “The floods of 2013-14 remain vivid in the memories of many people across the borough as lives were disrupted and properties were damaged by flood water entering homes and business premises over the Christmas period.
“Being prepared for flooding can help keep people safe. Maidstone Borough Council is working with the Environment Agency and is encouraging residents and businesses to prepare for the possibility of flooding and asking them to take the time now to understand what they should do if they are affected.”
Torrential showers are expected to start from tonight into Thursday morning and late Saturday night.
During this period, 10-30 mm of rain could fall, with a few areas of the county seeing as much as 50-70 mm.
This will be on already saturated ground, increasing the risk of surface water and river flooding.
Thunderstorms and strong winds could be on the cards, with some uncertainty as to exactly when we will see the heaviest rain.
The Met Office says: "Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, bus train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer, and spray and flooding on roads will likely increase journey times."