Weather warning for Lancashire after flash flooding

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Lancashire residents were today warned to expect further torrential rain in the aftermath of heavy downpours which caused flash flooding in some areas last night.

The Met Office warned of possible thunderstorms as hot, unstable air coming up from France was creating a “Spanish plume” bringing warm, humid conditions.

A spokesman said: “This may trigger torrential thunderstorms, bringing the risk of more than 30 mm of rain in less than an hour. The situation remains finely balanced and this warning may be updated again through the day.”

A weather warning remains for the North West.

Driving conditions were hazardous last night as torrential rain battered the county.

Motorway traffic was reduced to a crawl in poor visibility.

Lancashire fire and rescue service and the police were called to several incidents as a result of flash flooding, particularly in Walton le Dale and Lostock Hall, near Preston.

A motorist stuck in water in Todd Lane North was helped from a car by firefighters.

As flash flooding developed, Todd Lane North was closed between Lyndale Avenue and Carwood Park.

There were also reports of houses being affected by localised flooding but no major incidents.

Flooding was also reported near to the Pear Tree pub at Bamber Bridge,

Croston Road in Lostock Hall was closed at the railway bridge near Squirrel’s Chase

The Met Office said isolated thunderstorms may develop over the Midlands and parts of eastern England during Saturday afternoon, moving north into northern England during the evening.

A spokesman added: “Whilst a lot of places will miss these thunderstorms, where they do occur be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, strong gusts, lightning and hail.”