Thunderstorms & rain in parts of the region

Parts of the South and South East have experienced heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight. People living in some areas have reported flooding or fallen trees. Travel has also been affected.

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Further travel delays after overnight flooding

Commuters at Victoria Station in London. Credit: PA

Passengers commuting from work on Thursday were hit by delays and cancellations due to heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of London.

Operators such as Abellio Greater Anglia, Gatwick Express, Southern, South West Trains and Thameslink were affected, with Network Rail saying it had 1,200 engineers working on weather-related problems on the network.

A number of train stations - including Ruislip Manor, Upminster Bridge, and Lambeth North - were completely closed due to flooding, with Blackfriars and Mansion House closed during the evening rush hour.

Meanwhile, the Waterloo and City line was completely suspended, and services on the Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith and City lines were all hit by severe delays.

Chaos on roads and rails after thunderstorms

Parts of Horsham in Sussex were flooded with roads impassable

Twenty thousand lightning strikes, and a month's worth of rainfall in just a few hours, has flooded businesses and schools, and caused travel misery across the South. Fallen trees blocked roads and rail lines, and one driver was injured when two trees came down and crushed his van on Winchester Road in Botley. And, there's a warning of more thunderstorms to come tonight. Rachel Hepworth reports.



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