Witnesses have described the moments a ferocious storm struck parts of the region, causing disruption to transport and damage to properties.
One home owner in Essex whose house was damaged, said it was like"bowling balls hitting the roof of her house."
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A man dressed in a gimp suit is having his photo taken with people to raise money for a voluntary mental health organisation in Colchester.
A 19-year-old student from Essex took his own life because he struggled to deal with a sexual assault he suffered as a child.
A chilly start for many with sunshine developing. Increasing cloud this afternoon.