GWENT is set to be battered by thunderstorms tomorrow morning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wales, South West England and the Midlands on Wednesday.

From 4am to midday, a brief period of heavy rain is forecast, followed by “thunderstorms and very gusty winds may cause some disruption.”


The Met Office has warned there is “a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded”, with “damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds”.

There may also be road closures due to flooding, and cancellations on public transport, and driving conditions will be significantly worse, so if you are travelling, you should allow extra time for your journey.

Some areas may see power cuts, the Met Office warned, and there is also a chance of trees coming down in the strong winds.

The Met Office has issued advice for keeping safe during a thunderstorm:

Before the thunderstorm

  • Unplug any non-essential appliances if not already using a surge protector, as lightning can cause power surges.
  • Seek shelter if possible.

During the thunderstorm

  • Telephone lines can conduct electricity, so avoid using landlines - unless in an emergency.
  • If outside, avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.
  • Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning.
  • If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground
  • If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately

After the thunderstorm

  • Avoid downed power lines or broken cables
  • If someone is struck by lightning, they often suffer severe burns. The strike also affects the heart, so check if they have a pulse.