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The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts warning that flooding is possible in areas including:
- The Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay.
- The Upper River Loddon including Basingstoke, Old Basing, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Chineham and Meadow Park.
- the River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley
Low lying land and roads will be affected first.
There is a reduced service on South West Trains at Woking because of flooding. The flooding has damaged a large amount of the railway infrastructure at Woking, meaning that fewer trains than usual may be able to run.
Delays on South West Trains between Ascot and Guildford due to lightning damage to the signalling system. Tickets being accepted on Great Western Railway services. This is expected to continue until the end of the day.
Newbury railway station is now open. However services through the station will be delayed because one platform remains closed due to the flooding.
There are delays of up to 30 minutes and no service on Great Western Railway Westbound at Newbury train station because of flooding.
Trains can not run on some of the lines through Newbury and services are unable to call at Newbury station.
There are delays and some cancellations on Great Western Railway services through Didcot Parkway because of heavy flooding on railway lines in the area.
Therefore trains from Swindon heading towards London Paddington can not call at Didcot Parkway train station..
Lightning overnight and this morning have caused a number of house fires across the South.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue dealt with five property fires caused by strikes, none of which developed into major fires. A van in Basingstoke was destroyed after it was hit by lightning.
Fire crews in Dorset helped put out a roof fire in Christchurch after the overnight storms.
A house in Bracknell also caught fire when it was struck early this morning.
Flash flooding has hit the South due to heavy storms, which began last night.
The Thames Valley has been particularly affected, with large hailstones also being seen in Reading.
Hail in Reading last night
Transport links across the region have been disrupted by the weather.
Flooding at Woking station means all South West train services are affected, with fewer trains able to run. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
There has also been flooding at Newbury Station, meaning some Great Western Railway services will be unable to reach the station and trains are delayed by up to thirty minutes.
Lightning has damaged the signalling system between Ascot and Guildford, affecting South West train services between the stations, with problems expected to last all day.
A number of roads in the region have already been closed or partially closed due to flooding.
The M4 Westbound at J8 near Maidenhead has had two lanes closed and there have also been closures on the A25 near Guildford.
Drivers are being urged to stay safe on the roads this morning,
Heavy downpours this afternoon and evening have caused flooding across the Thames Valley.
Newbury train station was flooded from the train gates right onto the station because of the sudden rainfall.
Video courtesy of Ben Wood
It wasn't just Newbury that was affected, Winchester also saw some thunderstorms this afternoon.
The centre of Newbury was flooded and experienced some power outage because of the rain.