Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to cause disruption across Dorset.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms which will be in place from 12:59pm until 8pm today, Thursday, May 16.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to occur this afternoon and last until the evening, 15 to 20mm of rain could fall in less than an hour, and some places could potentially see up to 30 mm in a few hours.

There is also a chance of lightning with a lower chance of hail in places.

The Met Office has also warned that flooding and damage is likely in some homes and businesses, with train delays and longer car journey times expected. There is also a slight chance that power cuts could occur.

 A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit.

“Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

“If you find yourself outside and hear thunder, protect yourself by finding a safe enclosed shelter (such as a car). Do not shelter under or near trees, or other structures which may be struck by lightning. If you are on an elevated area move to lower ground.”