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Heavy thunderstorms brought our extended summer to a dramatic end overnight - in a twist to what has been the hottest September in 100 years.
Dorset and the New Forest were among the hardest hit last night - homes struck by lightning, schools closed and roads flooded, and thousands of homes left without power. The storm arrived in Dorset at 1am and slowly made its way east. At it's peak, more than an inch of rain fell in Swanage in just one hour, overwhelming drains and flooding homes.
In Christchurch, a house caught fire when it was struck by lightning, causing the roof to collapse. Rachel Hepworth reports on today's clean-up after the storm.
Many homes were left without power, and road and and railways in the Thames Valley were flooded overnight - with delays across the South West and Great Western rail networks. The towns mostly affected were Didcot, Newbury and Maidenhead.
All services in and out of Paddington were halted this afternoon due to signalling problems. Mel Bloor reports on the floods in Didcot.
The Thames Valley was hit by flooding and storms overnight with transport routes and town centres including Maidenhead and Newbury badly affected. Cary Johnston reports.
Didcot Parkway station has now reopened after earlier flooding of the subway. Apologies for disruption today.
The MP for Wantage, Ed Vaizey, has been giving his reaction to the flooding of Didcot Parkway railway station in his constituency, after visiting the site earlier today.
While there are services, in one direct. Services to Reading and Paddington have been disrupted for much of the day.
For the latest information on services at Didcot Parkway railway station visit the National Rail website.
The MP for Wantage, Ed Vaizey, has visited Didcot Parkway railway station. The site, which was flooded overnight, is in his constituency.
The flooding at Didcot Parkway station in Oxfordshire has left the station inaccessible to customers wanting to travel in the Oxford and Reading/London Paddington direction.
The Didcot Parkway platform towards Swindon, Bristol and South Wales is open. Customer travelling from Didcot towards London are advised to travel to Swindon and then back towards Reading/London Paddington.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts warning that flooding is possible in areas including:
- The Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay.
- The Upper River Loddon including Basingstoke, Old Basing, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Chineham and Meadow Park.
- the River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
Low lying land and roads will be affected first.