THE Met Office has issued a weather warning for torrential rain in Basingstoke.

The weather warning will be in place across Hampshire from midday until midnight today, with the heaviest downpours forecast between 1pm and 4pm, as well as at 6pm.

A Met Office statement is urging residents to be aware that homes and businesses could flood, while fast-flowing or deep floodwater could cause danger to life.

The statement says: “Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services

“Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

“There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads

“There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.“