SCATTERED thunderstorms are likely to develop across the South West, the Met Office said.

A yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place today (Thursday, May 16) until 8pm.

The latest forecast read: “Some heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon, lasting into this evening.

“Locally, 15-20 mm of rain could fall in less than an hour, with some places potentially seeing up to 30 mm in a few hours.

“Lightning will be an additional hazard, with a lower chance of some hail in places. Showers and thunderstorms will die out this evening.”

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Here is what to expect according to the Met Office

“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

“Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes “Delays to train services are possible.

“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures “Some short-term loss of power and other services is likely.”