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Live weather and travel alerts for Kent as county braces for 70mph gales


Kent is likely to see widespread disruption today (February 22) as the county prepares to face gales of up to 70mph. Yesterday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds, which covers the entire county and came into effect at 8am this morning.

This alert will remain in place for a total of 10 hours, ending at 6pm this evening. During this time, the blustery conditions are likely to have a considerable knock-on effect to travel – journeys may take longer, with cancellations warned as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.




The Met Office says these conditions may also pose a “danger to life” along the coast due to large waves and beach material being thrown onto seafronts, coastal roads and properties. Flying debris elsewhere may also pose such risks and could cause injury.

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Hail and thunder have been warned for other areas as the Met Office has issued a second yellow weather warning for heavy rain, which spans from London to Nottingham and comes just up to the Kent border near Dartford. Amid the strong wings, it has also been warned there may be some damage to buildings, such as tiles being blown from roofs and there is chance some may experience power cuts.


Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “After what has been a wet February so far, further rain is on the way on Thursday, accompanied by some gusty winds and potential impacts for those within the warning areas which cover much of southern, central and eastern England.”

“There’s a small chance that wind gusts could reach 60-70mph, mostly likely on exposed coasts, though more widely we’re likely to see a shorter spell of heavy, squally rain with hail and thunder in a few places and gusts to around 50mph. Most places within the warning areas are likely to see 10-15mm of rain, with a chance of 30-40mm in a few places. This is falling on saturated ground, which elevates the chances of flooding and disruption.”

Follow our live blog below for the latest weather and travel updates from across Kent today.


Drivers urged to “take care on roads” today

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has urged motorists to take extra precaution while using Kent’s roads today amid the strong winds. The Met Office weather warning advises that journeys may take longer while some cancellations could occur as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.

Some roads and bridges may also be forced to close amid the gales. Drivers have been warned gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles and that exposed areas of the road or gaps in trees can signal side winds. Roads will also be more slippery and spray can reduce visibility.

M25 and M26 delays

Delays of up to 50 minutes have been reported on the M25 and M26 this morning(Image: National Highways)

There are currently lengthy delays along both the M25 and M26 in Kent this morning due to several broken down vehicles. One lane has been closed on the M25 clockwise between Junction 4 for Orpington and Junction 5 for the M26.

Heavy traffic has built on the M25 clockwise as a result, with National Highways reporting delays of up to 50 minutes along the busy motorway. Meanwhile, further congestion has spread for four miles back along the M26, causing delays of around 40 minutes.

Update: Traffic monitoring service Inrix reports that travel conditions have now returned to normal along both the M25 and M26 following the earlier broken down vehicles and lane closures.

Kent’s 10-hour yellow wind warning

A rain warning for London overlaps the wind warning in the Southeast(Image: Met Office)

The Met Office has issued a 10-hour yellow weather warning for wind which blankets the entirety of Kent. This warning came into effect at 8am this morning and will remain until 6pm this evening.

During this time, the forecaster has warned the public to expect the following:

  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close



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