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Flood Warning issued in Southend

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend in Essex

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The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend Credit: PA Wire

The Environment Agency says immediate action is required and that properties are expected to flood along Prittlebrook, particularly Sutton Court Drive.

There's also a warning about waterside properties in Rochford, particularly Oak Road and St Andrews Road.

Environment Agency Flood Warnings

Read more: Flash flooding in Essex and Norfolk

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Train delays in Essex after lightning strike

Lightning strikes in Essex in the hours to 4.35pm on Sunday 20 July 2014.
Lightning strikes in Essex in the hours to 4.35pm on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office

There are train delays of up to an hour on Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Southend Victoria in Essex due to lightning strike.

Lines in both directions are blocked and trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes. Engineers are en route to assess the problem.

Read more: Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms

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Sunday's thunderstorms breaking out in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

Met Office rainfall radar image taken at 2.15pm showing a line of thunderstorms in east Norfolk, east Suffolk and east Essex.
Met Office rainfall radar image taken at 2.15pm showing a line of thunderstorms in east Norfolk, east Suffolk and east Essex. Credit: Met Office

Thunderstorms have started to break out over eastern parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Met Office has a yellow weather alert in force warning of torrential thundery downpours in places with the risk of surface water flooding. There's also the possibility of hail and strong gusts of wind.

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Met Office yellow weather warning for further thunderstorms

Area affected by the Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms.
Area affected by the Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms. Credit: Met Office

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for further heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Anglia region on Sunday.

The warning says: "Further heavy, thundery showers are likely to develop in some eastern parts of the UK today. Although many places within the warning area will stay dry, where storms do occur, torrential downpours are possible with lightning, hail and perhaps locally strong wind gusts. The most likely areas for local disruption are across parts of eastern and southeastern England."

The weather warning is valid until 11.55pm on Sunday 20 July 2014

"The remnants of the very warm, humid, unstable airmass are still affecting eastern and some central parts of the UK today. As a result, further thundery showers are likely to develop across these parts in response to daytime heating today. There remains some uncertainty regarding exactly where these may develop and, as often happens in this situation, some areas will stay dry."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
Satellite and rainfall radar image taken at 11.30am on Sunday 20 July 2014.
Satellite and rainfall radar image taken at 11.30am on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office

Read more: The latest Anglia Weather forecast

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Family of four left homeless by one of three lightning strikes in Essex

Three properties struck by lightning in Essex.
Three properties were struck by lightning in Essex overnight. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family of four has been left homeless after their house was struck by lightning during the storms overnight.

It was one of three strikes at properties in Essex as the region was battered by heavy rain and thunder.

The family's home at Keswick Avenue at Holland on Sea was hit at about 4.25am Saturday. It sparked a fire in two semi-detached bungalows.

Firefighters spent more than two hours tackling the blaze.

Earlier, three crews were called to a house at Murrell Lock, Chelmsford, where smoke had been seen pouring from the roof following another lightning strike.

It happened at about 10.45pm on Friday and spread from the roof to the first floor.

No one was hurt but crews remained on the site until just after 5am on Saturday.

And at just after 6am, Essex fire service was called to a third fire in a garage at Clacton Road in Elmstead, near Colchester, which was also thought to have been started by a lightning strike.

Firefighters worked quickly to stop the blaze spreading to the house attached to the garage.

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Miliband: 'We have moved on from New Labour'

Ed Miliband will mark out a "new direction" for the Labour Party today as he tells a major party event that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown "did not do enough" to fix fundamental problems with the economy.

In a sign that he is trying to distance himself from previous Labour leaders, Mr Miliband will say: "We have moved on from New Labour. And we are not going back to old Labour."

Speaking at the National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes, Mr Miliband will argue Labour "did great things in Government to redistribute resources" but failed to tackle problems such as inequality and low rates of pay.

He will say a Labour government would instigate a programme to build "a wholly new economy, fit for the 21st century".

Read: Miliband: No return to Labour's big-spending approach

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