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Weather warnings for high winds and heavy rain for Dartford and Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 15:04 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:15 14 February 2014

A satellite image taken at 2am on February 14 2014. Picture: Met Office

A satellite image taken at 2am on February 14 2014. Picture: Met Office

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Warnings are in place for high winds and heavy rainfall tonight and tomorrow as yet another storm sweeps in from the Atlantic.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning covering Dartford and Gravesend for dangerous winds with gusts up to 70mph overnight.

Similar conditions snapped a metal floodlight pylon at Ebbsfleet United’s stadium in two last weekend and are strong enough to bring down trees and cause structural damage.

There is also a yellow warning for 10-20mm of rain in place until Saturday evening.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: “The real issue is that showers will be quite heavy and sharp with 8-10mm falling in an hour, which means there could be an issue with surface water and drainage.”

The deluge will be followed by “squally” showers and more wind on Sunday.

But Nicola said next week will be back to “normal British winter weather” - perhaps not much of a consolation.

“We will still be seeing rain and unsettled weather but not the extremes we have had for the last few weeks,” she added.

The Dartford Crossing was closed for safety with dangerous crosswinds earlier this week and flooding has been reported along parts of the River Darent including Horton Kirby.

Send us any pictures of flooding and damage in your area by emailing lizzie.dearden@archant.co.uk.

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