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Storm Ciaran: The Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham, floods following heavy rain

A shopping centre was forced to close some of its entrances after it flooded.

Footage shows high water outside Boots and Deichmann stores at The Pentagon, in Chatham, following heavy rainfall last night which caused overflow on the High Street.

The Pentagon flooded following heavy rainfall overnight
The Pentagon flooded following heavy rainfall overnight

In a statement, a spokesperson for the retail complex said they could not open the entrances from the High Street, Solomons, or the red lift doors and access could only be made via Military Road and the taxi rank.

They added: “We aim to get the rest of the entrances open as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

As of 1pm, all entrances were open following a “heroic clean-up effort” from the shopping centre’s team.

Elsewhere in Medway, the Esplanade, in Rochester, and Pilgrims Way, in Strood, have flooded and Chatham Library was also temporarily closed, but has since reopened.

The Met Office put an amber weather warning in place until midday due to Storm Ciaran as coastal areas were expected to face winds of up to 85mph. A yellow alert for strong winds has been issued until 5pm.

Pilgrims Way in Strood is also flooded
Pilgrims Way in Strood is also flooded

The adverse weather is expected to disrupt travel and there could be further flooding.

Flying debris could also cause danger to life while buildings may be damaged amid the storm.

Homes and businesses could lose power if overhead cables are damaged.

Difficult driving conditions are expected on all roads, with those using vulnerable vehicles – including HGVs, motorbikes and anyone towing trailers – being urged to take extra care by National Highways.

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