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South East lightning and flash floods leaves people trapped

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Flash flooding trapped people in their homes as storms and lightning streaked across the south of England.Violent thunderstorms hit much of the South East and in Sussex a lightning strike sent a workshop up in flames.At the height of the storms – between 02:30 and 03:30 BST – fire crews in Tunbridge Wells were called out 60 times in 60 minutes.Residents reported up to a metre of water in some properties although no rescues were needed.Crews pumped water out of homes.

In the worst-hit areas firefighters called on the Red Cross and local housing providers for extra assistance. Water pumps from other crews in the county were also used.The water subsided by about 04:30 BST.The storms come as flash floods also hit parts of the South West with heavy rain sending a 4ft torrent of water through a Cornish village.

At 03:00 East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out to the Three Ponds Industrial Estate, on the outskirts of Newhaven, following a lightning strike.There were no reports of anyone being hurt.


Source: BBC Sussex