Huge hailstorm batters south east England
Digital News Editor
Monday, July 28, 2014, 09:50 GMT - Looking at the pictures below, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of winter rather than the height of summer. Many people waking up in south east England this morning were greeted by an icy, wet scene.
Heavy thunderstorms have caused chaos to parts of south east England this morning, as lightning strikes, hail and flooding caused transport disruption.
Train services between Worthing and Brighton were disrupted due to a lightning strike, which caused a power cut in Hove. Brighton’s station roof was also hit by lightning but the station remained open.
Elsewhere, flash flooding has been caused by torrential rain and hail, blocking roads. In London, the A40 Westway was closed due to flooding, and Metropolitan Line services on the London Underground were also disrupted after almost a month’s worth of rain – over an inch - fell in just a few hours.
Over fifty houses are reported to have been flooded in parts of London.
The showers are expected to become increasingly isolated as the day goes on.
Hail in hove..... Just waiting for the frogs now..... pic.twitter.com/6Oayau9Zi2— Artroom Brighton (@ArtroomBrighton) July 28, 2014
Now THAT'S a summer storm! Caution advised on roads around Brighton and Hove... pic.twitter.com/4pNGII5JGH— SC Julie Rainey (@SCRainey2997) July 28, 2014