A FLOOD warning has been issued as heavy rain hits Herefordshire.

The Met Office is warning that heavy rain may cause some flooding and disruption to travel, with a yellow weather warning in force for the county today (May 22).

Weather warning

Hereford Times: The Met Office weather warning for rain covers HerefordshireThe Met Office weather warning for rain covers Herefordshire (Image: Met Office)

The warning, which runs from the early hours of this morning to 6am tomorrow, is for rain.

The Met Office said an area of rain is expected to move northwestwards towards northern England and north Wales during this afternoon after developing across eastern and central England.

The area of rain could become slow-moving, heavy and persistent, especially over north facing hills, the Met Office said, before clearing during Thursday morning.

Forecasters said there is a lot of uncertainty over exactly where the heaviest rain will occur and so the warning is likely to be updated.

Many places will see 30 to 40 mm of rain, the Met Office said, while a few areas may receive 60 to 80 mm and there is a small chance that some upland areas could see up to 100 to 150 mm.

What to expect

The Met Office said there may be flooding and disruption in some areas, warning people that:

  • Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life
  • Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible

Has the EA issued any flood warnings for Herefordshire?

No. The Environment Agency has not issued any flood warnings or alerts for rivers in Herefordshire, which are all currently below flood risk levels.