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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Saturday will be largely cloudy with a continued risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms. Sunday will be dry with sunny spells.
There continues to be a risk of thunder tonight and tomorrow but the weather will become drier and clearer by sunday.
The Chief Exec of car manufacturer Lotus has said he is deeply sorry to announce job losses at the company's head quarters in Norfolk.