Flash flooding in the north west of England has left roads and shops submerged after heavy downpours struck the region.

Thunderstorms hit parts of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire on Tuesday, causing police to urge drivers to drop their speed following reports of traffic collisions.

Pictures of lightning across the region were also shared on social media, along with videos of heavy rainfall.

Lightning in Swinton, Salford. Credit: Jay Dixon
Photograph from Gregg Ellis in Nelson. Credit: Gregg Ellis
Picture taken by Jenny Leigh in Oldham. Credit: Jenny Leigh
Lightning by Lisa Barlow in Sale. Credit: Lisa Barlow
Credit: Tanisha Uppal