Flood-hit England braced for more rain
More heavy bursts of rain were expected in the south-east of England last night, after a day when torrential rains brought flash floods across the region.
Homes and streets were flooded in East Anglia, the South East and London and commuters tackled disruptive journeys after rail lines were damaged by the storms.
The hail and thunderstorms, described as a "zombie apocalypse" by one rail company, saw more than half a month's worth of rain fall in an hour in some places.
A lightning strike sparked disruption for rail passengers travelling between Worthing and Hove and Brighton during the morning rush hour, while firefighters rescued people from homes and cars hit by floods.
London Fire Brigade rescued two drivers and their passengers from their cars in separate incidents after they became stuck in flood water. Essex Fire and Rescue Service said it had dealt with 20 incidents following flash flooding. Firefighters rescued five people from three neighbouring houses which were flooded, while a road in the town collapsed from the heavy rainfall, it said.