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  • 20 July 2014, 9:14

Flood Warnings After Thunder And Lightning

Weather forecasters say most of Britain will enjoy a much better day today, although thunderstorms are likely to hit East Sussex, Kent and London.

It comes after thunder and lightning on Saturday caused travel disruption, damaged homes and left parts of the country facing flood misery.

The Environment Agency (EA) issued three flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and a further 55 flood alerts across England and Wales.

Over a month's worth of rain, just over three inches, fell in Westonbirt in Gloucestershire, the highest total in the whole of the UK.

The stormy weather disrupted services at London's Heathrow Airport as airlines were forced to cancel 20% of flights during a two-hour period.

There were also delays at Manchester Airport after thunderstorms caused an electrical surge.

In Essex, a family of four were forced out of their semi-detached bungalow at Holland on Sea after it was struck by lightning and the roof caught fire.

The roof of another property in Chelmsford collapsed after it was hit by lightning. There were no reports of casualties at either property.

Elsewhere, 27 patients on the cardiology ward at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Somerset, had to be moved when heavy rain brought down part of the ceiling.

Some places avoided the storms, with the UK's highest temperature recorded at St James's Park in central London where the mercury hit 28.8C.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain today, urging people to be aware, across eastern parts of the UK.

The three flood warnings cover Lyme Brook at Newcastle under Lyme and Trent Vale, the River Chelt at Springbank near Cheltenham, and the Chelt at Uckington and Boddington, near Swindon.

John Curtin, the EA's director of incident management and resilience, said: "Flooding can happen very quickly, so we urge people to check local weather forecasts and the Environment Agency website for flood risk information on a regular basis."

The area at risk of localised surface water flooding has widened to include Greater London, East Sussex, Thurrock and Kent.

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