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Dramatic pictures of hail storms, tornadoes and flooding

A funnel cloud spotted in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Credit: Martin Andrews

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Thunderstorms brought torrential rain and flash flooding to many parts of East Anglia on Saturday.

Twenty homes were flooded in East Street in Sudbury in Suffolk as the road was turned into a river.

The video below was shot by ITV News Anglia viewer Dionne King:

As torrential rain and thunderstorms hit the Anglia region on Friday and Saturday, Martin Andrews captured this funnel cloud in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Funnel clouds form when strong updrafts associated with thunderstorms begin rotating. If funnel clouds touch down to the surface, they can be called tornadoes.

A funnel cloud spotted on Friday afternoon in Great Yarmouth. Credit: Martin Andrews

Another possible tornado or funnel cloud was spotted in Suffolk on Saturday afternoon, pictured below in the distance from two locations - Stradbroke near Eye and Beccles.

A possible tornado or funnel cloud pictured from Bungay, Suffolk on Saturday 28 June 2014 Credit: Andrew Fairhead
A possible tornado was photographed at Stradbroke in Suffolk at 2.30pm on Saturday 28 June 2014 Credit: Andy Bevan

Eyewitness Vikki Woodford said she saw the tornado touch the ground at Wortwell on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Vikki wrote on the ITV News Anglia Facebook page: "I have pictures of it from Wortwell - very clear! We watched it touch down, videoed it then left before the storm was overhead."

She added that it then fizzled out.

There are no reports of any damage.

A tornado pictured at Wortwell near Harleston, Norfolk Credit: Vikki Woodford
Lightning on Lowestoft seafront in Suffolk on Friday evening. Credit: Bryan Snow

Frequent lightning was also observed throughout much of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire earlier today, with occasional storms elsewhere. Norwich was hit hardest on Friday with 16mm of rain falling between 8am and 2pm.

Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers
Storm clouds gathering over the East Coast Live music festival event in Chantry Park, Ipswich on 28 June 2014. Credit: Kirsty Marsh

Treacherous conditions were observed on the A47 near Acle on Friday afternoon.

Lesley Chalmers saw mud washing onto the road and drain sewers backing up. These pictures show huge hail stones which floated in the flood water like mini icebergs.

Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers.
Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers
Wheat field & thunderstorm over Wickhambrook & Depden, Suffolk at around 3pm on Saturday 28 June 2014. Credit: Rosemarie Jessop
Lightning in Norwich on Reepham Road on Friday 27 June 2014 Credit: Sue Stephenson

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region from 10am to 10pm on Friday 27 June 2014

  • 17 mm at Norwich Airport, Norfolk
  • 9 mm in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 6 mm in Cromer, Norfolk
  • 6 mm in Northampton
  • 4 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 4 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 4 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 3 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 0.2 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 0 mm in Cambridge
  • 0 mm in Writtle, Essex
Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers
Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers
Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers
Hail and surface water flooding on the A47 near Acle earlier on Friday. Credit: Lesley Chalmers

Further heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected during the weekend.

Torrential rain in Norwich at lunchtime on Friday. Credit: Michael Ducker
After the rain on Friday in Clifton, Bedfordshire Credit: Dave Maple

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