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Power cuts and rain for Dorset & the New Forest

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.

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The day after the night before - flooding in Didcot

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.

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How will you get home tonight? MP visits flooded train station

A passageway at Didcot Parkway railway station

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.

Flooding: Didcot Parkway station - service update

Didcot Parkway station is surrounded by flood water

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.

Access to the station has been cut off by flood water

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 bus stop is surrounded by water

Flood warnings: Environment Agency alerts in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire

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.

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