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Incredible storm hits south east

Heatwaves and downpours – extreme weather in the UK

From heatwaves to downpours

    • From heatwaves to downpours


    • From heatwaves to downpours


    • Brighton seafront

      As the UK remains gripped in a summer heatwave the high temperatures have been punctuated by sudden downpours and thunderstorms.

      This morning a lightning strike sparked disruption for rail passengers in Sussex after it caused electrical supply problems, while commuters also struggled through a hail storm described as a “zombie apocalypse”.

      The storms hit the Hove, Brighton (pictured) and Worthing areas at the start of the morning rush-hour, with trains heading along the south coast affected.

      The lightning hit an electricity sub-station, causing power to the coastal rail route to be cut, although the main line to London was running normally, according to a Network Rail spokeswoman.

      Network Rail said on its website: “Electrical supply problems caused by a lightning strike, near Hove, are causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains between Worthing and Hove/Brighton.

      “There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 09.00.”

      Commuters posted on Twitter descriptions of heavy hail and localised flooding caused by the storms. Local residents said the storm started at 5.30am, leading to torrential rain.

      Laurence Hill wrote: “Used to be roads. Now rivers of hail. Never seen anything like it.”

      Brighton and Hove Police posted: “Localised flooding in Hove and Portslade, some roads not passable. Please do not enter flood water on foot or in cars.”

      Brighton station tweeted: “At a stand west coastway #Worthing #Brighton Both ways due to zombie apocalypse #Brighton #Hove #Fishersgate #Portslade #Lancing #Shoreham”

      An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Since the early hours of Monday 28th July, Brighton crews have been dealing with a large number of weather-related emergency calls.

      “Firefighters have responded to a range of incidents, including flooding, lightning strikes and false alarms caused by the weather.”












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