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UK weather: country hit by torrential rain, flooding and thunderstorms – The Guardian

Torrential rain and thunderstorms hit parts of the UK overnight as unsettled weather continued to cause disruption across the country.

Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of south-east England. Lenham in Kent had 42mm of rain in one hour.

The Met Office said the deluge in the village, which lies between Maidstone and Ashford, came between 11pm on Tuesday and midnight.

Images and video on social media captured spectacular lightning in the skies over the region, while Kent police’s roads unit tweeted that the lightning was “very active”.

Eastbourne in East Sussex is said to have had about 1,000 lightning strikes in an hour.

A yellow weather warning is in place for thunderstorms across much of south-east England, including East Anglia, until 9pm on Wednesday. Forecasters say further rain, hail and lightning could bring potential disruption to travel.

“We’ve had some heavy, thundery showers overnight,” said Alex Burkill, a Met Office meteorologist. “There has been some flooding near Eastbourne and some power cuts. We are going to see some further heavy showers heading towards Kent, and south-east parts of the UK will see some heavy thunderstorms through the morning, while isolated ones could develop this afternoon.”

The flood-hit town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire is within the Met Office’s warning area, but forecasters are optimistic the town will escape the worst of the storms on Wednesday.

“A few showers are possible there, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to bear the brunt of the heavy downpours,” Burkill added.

The town has been pumping water out to sea following severe flooding last week. About 350 tonnes of sand and ballast were dropped in the area by RAF Chinook helicopters over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Lincolnshire police said almost 600 homes remained evacuated as the cleanup operation continued.

Other parts of the country will have a much brighter day on Wednesday, with sunshine expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rest of England and Wales could have a damp start, before things brighten up later in the day.

The weekend is also expected to bring some respite from the recent downpours, with temperatures rising to as high as 23C (73F).

UK weather: country hit by torrential rain, flooding and thunderstorms – The Guardian

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