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Flash Floods in Kent and Essex

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Homes and businesses in the South East have been flooded with up to four feet of water after torrential rain and storms swept the region. Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one weekend, North Kent and South Essex were particularly badly hit and elsewhere, lightning and strong winds damaged homes.

Today the long job of clearing up began. David Johns reports, speaking to householder Bill Smith, pub manager Peter Pethers, Gravesham Borough Council leader John Burden, householders Rose & Bob Kitts, and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris.

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Homes and streets flooded as roads turn into rivers

A number of homes and roads were flooded in Kent and across the south-east of England after the Met Office issued a "yellow" warning for rain across the region. Viewers in Sittingbourne, Teynham and Gravesend have all reported torrential rain leading to flash flooding.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said it dealt with incidents including a house fire following a lightning strike, people stranded in vehicles stuck in flood water, cables arcing and hedgerow fires.

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Roads submerged as flash floods follow thunderstorms

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We've added even more pictures to our story on the flooding in parts of #Kent this afternoon http://t.co/0fLaLEPuyk http://t.co/vFVdfRqZiZ

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Areas of Kent hit by flooding during heavy rain & thunder: Sittingbourne, Teynham, Bobbing http://t.co/YQ7M6hmb9t http://t.co/LtG35l5JIw

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Astonishing storm in Sittingbourne. Rain relentless. Biggest raindrops you've ever seen http://t.co/TxgavdnSZq

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Thunder and lightning hits the South Coast for the second night running

Thunder and lightning hit the South Coast again last night causing damage and some fires. More storms are predicted for later today.

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West Malling Credit: Claire Griffiths
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Maidstone Credit: Michelle Clark
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Bexhill Credit: Ben Wren
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Storms across the south last night Credit: Kirsten Bell
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Peacehaven Credit: Robbie Mehr
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