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Flash flooding in the Midlands

Fire services across the Midlands are dealing with hundreds of calls after heavy storms led to flash flooding.

Cars struggle in flood water along a road in Stourbridge this morning after heavy storms. Credit: ITV Central

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said a 90-year-old man was one of a number of people rescued from vehicles following downpours in the Bridgnorth area of the county.

For more on the bad weather in the region visit ITV Central.

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Loud 'sonic boom' over the Midlands

A loud bang heard across the Midlands was caused by two Typhoon aircraft responding to an emergency the Ministry of Defence has told ITV News.

The aircraft were on their way to a small civilian helicopter that was emitting an emergency signal. Such a signal could indicate the aircraft had been hijacked or had ‘gone rogue’.

One of Royal Airforce Typhoon’s emitted a sonic boom that shook houses in Coventry, Rugby and Leamington.

The MoD response was standard procedure officials say, but the emergency signal from the helicopter turned out to be a false alarm.

Still, some will see it as an indication of the high alert Britain is now on, in the run up to the Olympic games and Queens Jubilee celebrations.

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