THE MET Office have issued a yellow weather warning for Somerset which comes into effect this evening.

Heavy rain is now expected to cause disruption in the South West from 9pm on Thursday night until 8pm on Friday, October 13.

Somerset residents have been advised to expect the following:

  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.
  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

10-20mm of rain is to be expected across the county, although the some areas could see up to between 30 and 50mm.

There is a possibility of thunderstorms in more southern areas of Somerset, which could bring 20-30mm of rainfall within a couple of hours.

For those who are forced to make an essential trip during the downpour, DriveElectric have compiled a guide to staying safe when driving in stormy conditions.

  • Check The Weather Forecast - Before you even start your trip, check the weather forecast to be aware of any impending storms. If the conditions are severe, consider postponing your trip if possible.
  • Emergency Kit - Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle in the unlikely event you get stranded during the storm. Be sure to include some warm, waterproof clothing, extra food and drink, as well as a good quality torch to help with visibility for when you leave your vehicle.
  • Prepare Your Vehicle - Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, and windshield wipers. Make sure your vehicle has enough fuel.
  • Drive Slowly - Reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Wet or icy roads reduce traction and increase braking distance, so leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use Headlights - Turn on your headlights, even during the daytime. This increases your visibility to other drivers. Dipped headlights will improve visibility in bad weather conditions such as heavy rain and fog.
  • Stay In Your Lane - Avoid sudden lane changes and erratic manoeuvres. Stick to your lane to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Avoid Flooded Roads - Never attempt to drive through flooded roads. It can be extremely dangerous, as floodwaters can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Use Proper Signalling - Use your turn signals well in advance, and signal your intentions clearly to other drivers.
  • Brake Gently - If you need to brake, do so gently and gradually to avoid skidding.  If you start to skid or slide, remain calm. Steer in the direction you want to go, and avoid overcorrecting.
  • Reduce Distractions - Minimise distractions in the car. Avoid using your phone and stay focused on the road.
  • Drive With Caution After The Storm - Even after the storm has passed, road conditions can remain hazardous due to debris, fallen branches, and flooding. Exercise caution until it's clear that the roads are safe.

A spokesperson added: "Remember that your safety and the safety of others on the road should always be your top priority.

"If conditions become too dangerous, find a safe place to pull over and wait until the storm passes.

"It's better to delay your trip than to risk an accident."