1. ITV Report

Flash flooding has affected parts of the North East for the second time in just over a month

Parts of Tyneside and Wearside suffered torrential downpours this afternoon, causing flooding in some areas.

For the second time in just over a month, extreme rain left home and business owners fighting to keep the water out of their properties.

Newcastle quayside was left underwater after the downpours Credit: ITV

On the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, people had to run for shelter as the rain started coming down. Thousands of people had been enjoying the annual Bridges Festival, which came to an untimely and soggy end around 2 pm.

The heaviest rain lasted around half an hour, leaving cars stranded and rivers flowing down many streets. The Newcastle Central Motorway was closed, and Metro trains suspended because of flooding.