Chinese state media is reporting that dozens of people have died after a tornado and torrential rain struck Jiangsu province on Thursday afternoon.
It has been reported that 78 people have been killed, and around 500 people injured as storms battered the eastern coast of China.
It is believed that of those 500, around 200 people are seriously injured.
Many homes in Yangcheng city, which has taken the brunt of the storms, have been flattened.
Power and communications are down in some areas, and emergency supplies including a thousand tents have been sent to the scene, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement.
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Thunderstorms have brought torrential rain to many parts of Suffolk.
This video by Dionne King was taken in East Street, Sudbury. She reported that 20 homes had been flooded in the area.
Eyewitness Vikki Woodford said she saw the tornado touch the ground at Wortwell on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
Vikki wrote on the ITV News Anglia Facebook page: "I have pictures of it from Wortwell - very clear! We watched it touch down, videoed it then left before the storm was overhead."
She added that it then fizzled out.
There are no reports of any damage.
Torrential downpours and thunderstorms are currently tracking across Northamptonshire and into Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, heading north east towards The Wash.
Areas on the rainfall radar map coloured white indicate rainfall rates of more than 32 mm per hour.
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Dozens of flights were cancelled due to the weather that produced strong winds and cricket ball-sized hail.
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Search-and-rescue efforts have turned to a cleanup operation are underway after a string of tornadoes ripped across large parts of central and southern United States, leaving at least 34 people dead.
Emergency recovery clear-up crews and volunteers have been working to clear mass piles of debris scattered across affected regions as the disaster has left many residents with no possessions.
At least 34 people were killed in tornadoes in the south of America over the past three days.
The hardest of the six states hit were Arkansas and Mississippi, with over 27 storm related deaths accounted for and more than 200 people injured.
Deaths were also reported in Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday, and Alabama and Tennessee on Monday.