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Torrential rain causes flooding across the Meridian region

Torrential rain causes flooding in the Meridian region Photo: ITV

Kent Fire & Rescue issued this warning after 20 people were evacuated from their homes yesterday evening:

Emergency Services are dealing with an area of significant flooding in Ightham affecting approximately 20 properties in Borough Green Road and Bushy Lane. Residents have been evacuated from affected homes and crews are working with the environment agency to deal with flood water and ensure the safety of residents.

People are being warned to take extra care in affected areas of flooding and to follow basic safety tips: Call 999 if you believe there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage. Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water before the flood water enters your home if in doubt, consult your supplier. Check on your neighbours if its safe to do so. Avoid walking or driving in or near flood water and keep children away from flood water - there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution

Flood water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast - your vehicle could be swept away or become stranded If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason and find an alternative route.

This picture sent in to us from Patrick Brown shows a flooded Ramsgate town centre:

Flooding in Ramsgate town centre Credit: Patrick Brown
Ramsgate Town Centre Credit: Lisa Salter

An ariel photo taken of the lightening storms over Whiteley in Hampshire yesterday:

Lightning in Whiteley, Hampshire Credit: Richard Scourfield

Many people were affected by flooding in homes around Fareham in Hampshire.

Flooding in Fareham, Hampshire Credit: Lyn Cloutman
Flooding in Fareham, Hampshire Credit: Lyn Cloutman
Flooding in Fareham, Hampshire Credit: Lyn Cloutman

An Ash tree is hit by lightning in Fareham after yesterday's thunderstorms in the south:

Tree is hit by lightning Credit: Tracy Parish
Tree hit by lightning Credit: Tracy Parish

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