Thunderstorm disruption

The heatwave has triggered thunderstorms across many parts of the Anglia region causing local flooding and travel disruption.

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Violent storms cause problems across the region

Well it had to end some time and for many of us the heatwave came to a dramatic conclusion last night as violent storms swept across some parts of the region.

There were spectacular displays of lightning and thunder, coupled with torrential downpours.

Cambridgeshire was one of the worst hit areas: homes were struck by lightning and over half an inch of rain fell in some places. And for one family, a lightning strike led to a dramatic escape.

Click above to see ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper report in the thunderstorms

Storms cause disruption across the East

Dramatic thunder storms have been causing major disruption across the East, with fires, flooding and power cuts. Lightning strikes and heavy rain fall have been causing lengthy delays on the roads and train lines, and flights at Stansted Airport were also affected.

Emergency services have been busy dealing with house fires in Bedford, Milton Keynes, parts of Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire

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Storms over Colchester early today

Storms brew over Colchester early this morning Credit: 'Brimski'
The skies over Colchester early this morning. Credit: 'Brimski'
Night turns to day over Colchester early this morning Credit: 'Brimski'
The Storm breaks over Colchester at 3am this morning Credit: 'Brimski'

These pictures were taken by ITV News Anglia viewer 'Brimski' when the storm was at it's height over Colchester at 3am this morning.

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