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Lightning storms bring flooding and rail disruption

Severe lightning storms have caused disruption in parts of the Anglia region. Photo: Dan James

Thunderstorms have caused flash flooding, power cuts and travel disruption in parts of the Anglia region.

The storms hits many parts of the East of England on Thursday closing the rail line between Cambridge, Ely and Norwich.

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Hundreds of pupils were evacuated from a school in Wymondham in Norfolk after a suspected lightning strike.

A downpour at Great Yarmouth racecourse brought 18 mm (0.7 inches) of rain in just over an hour. That is the amount that would normally be expected during a week in July. Racing was delayed by 30 minutes.

Lightning storm over Rushden in Northamptonshire on Thursday evening. Credit: Rachel Marshall

UK Power Networks reported 1,000 properties in Norfolk lost power during the storms.

The Harford Manor School in Norwich was closed on Friday as staff were clearing up after flash flooding.

Mopping up in the classrooms at Harford Manor School in Norwich after flash flooding. Credit: Harford Manor School

The railway line between Norwich and Cambridge was closed for more than 12 hours after lightning damaged the signalling system between Attleborough and Ely.

The line has re-opened but trains are running at reduced speed with services delayed by up to 15 minutes.

"During an electrical storm, lightning damaged the signalling system near Eccles Road, between Thetford and Attleborough and between Shippea Hill and Ely.

"Greater Anglia services will resume but will only operate an hourly service between Norwich and Ely owing to ongoing repairs to the damaged signalling."

– Greater Anglia
Large hailstones falling at Caister-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Credit: Claire Wall

The rainfall radar sequence below shows how the heavy rain and thunderstorms spread northeastwards across the Anglia region during Thursday.

The yellow and green colours indicate the heaviest of the rain.

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