There are warnings of tornados in place as Storm Franklin batters the UK. 

Meteorologist accounts @TorroUK and @ChadWeather have predicted 'isolated tornadoes' and lightning will hit England on Sunday, February 20.

The tornado warning comes after the storm brings winds of up to 70mph and up to 80mm of rainfall.

It is the third named storm in a week, which has not happened since records began in 2015.  

There are also multiple flood warnings issued, including two severe warnings in Didsbury and Northenden, Manchester. 

Katharine Smith, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, urged people to “stay away from swollen rivers” while teams deploy temporary barriers and pumps on the river.

“We are urging people to remain vigilant and take extreme care following the impacts of Storm Eunice, and with a further storm, Franklin, on the way,” she said.

“Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding in parts of the north of England today and tomorrow.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.

“Residents close to the River Mersey are being warned to take immediate action and prepare for property flooding.”

What is the warning?

The hazards could include the following: 

  • Isolated brief tornadoes
  • Wind gusts to 70mph
  • Isolated CG lightning

Which areas are affected? 

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation has warned of tornados in the following locations: 

  • Much of the Republic of Ireland
  • SE Norther Ireland
  • Wales
  • Much of England
  • Isle of Man
  • Channel Island