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Thunderstorm warning upgraded to amber for East Anglia

The Met Office has upgraded its thunderstorm warning for East Anglia to amber. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has upgraded its thunderstorm warning for East Anglia to amber.

The Met Office says heavy thunderstorms are likely and torrential downpours are possible with as much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours.

Large hail, frequent lightning and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards.

The amber warning is in force from 2pm until 8pm but a yellow warning will stay in place until 2am on Saturday

What to expect

  • Flooding of homes and businesses is likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
  • Spray and sudden flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Power cuts likely to occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • Some communities may become cut off if roads flood

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Heavy showers and thunderstorms in the Anglia region

Heavy showers with hail and thunder are crossing the Anglia region on Friday afternoon.

The region has already had a soaking this summer with a wet July followed by 50% more rain than normal during the first part of August.

  • The rainfall radar video below shows the areas in the Anglia region affected by the thunderstorms

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Major delays and cancellations on region's rail services

There are no trains running between Norwich and Ely

There are major delays and cancellations on the region's rail services this morning following yesterday's lightning strikes.

There are no trains running between Norwich and Ely after overhead wires were damaged. Engineers are also working on issues with lines running into London Liverpool Street.

Passengers are being told to check before they travel.

Damage to overhead electric wires at various locations between Norwich and Ely has caused delays to services. Credit: Thomas Dohlman
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