Storm Franklin: ‘Tornado’ warning with lightning and flooding set to hit Lancashire and Cumbria

A ‘tornado’ warning has been issued for Lancashire and parts of Cumbria with heavy rain and intense flooding set to hit amid Storm Franklin.

According to the Chadderton Weather Centre in Greater Manchester, a series of ‘isolated brief tornadoes’ could arrive this afternoon in the region as wind gusts reach speeds of 70mph.

In a twitter post, the independent meteorologist warned also warned of cloud-to-ground lightning.

Read the full hour by hour forecast for every borough here

It comes as Stewart Mounsey, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, warned up to 70mm of rain could fall strike Lancashire and Cumbria today.

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warnings for the region with “very strong winds” expected between 12pm today and 1pm tomorrow.

A separate yellow alert for rain remains in force until 6pm today.

The Met Office named it’s third storm in less than a week – Storm Franklin – following on from Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.

Environment agencies have also issued hundreds of alerts for flooding across the UK, including more than 20 across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said three named storms in such quick succession is a first since the system was introduced seven years ago.

She told the PA: “This is the first time we have had three named storms within a week, and we started the storm naming system in 2015.

“At the moment we’ve got a really active jet stream, which is why we’re seeing so many storms track right towards the UK.

“We had Dudley on Wednesday, Eunice on Friday and Franklin today.”

Ms Mitchell said there will “definitely be some impact” from Storm Franklin but it is not expected to be “as severe” as Eunice because the strongest winds will be confined to the coast.

Strong winds are also expected in England and Wales on Sunday afternoon, with 60mph gales predicted inland and 70mph in coastal areas.

Ms Mitchell warned of “treacherous conditions” and up to 80mm rainfall for north-west England, which is covered by a double warning for wind and rain from midday until 3pm on Sunday.

She said: “There will be really intense rainfall in the North West – torrential downpours for a short time.

“We’ve got something developing called line convection today, which is where you see a really intense downburst of rain which could bring some intense winds with it as well.”

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