Components of London and the South have flooded after torrential rain and the Met Workplace has issued an amber storm warning.
Areas together with Hackney Wick, Newham and Barking have been affected by the downpours, with movies displaying automobiles driving by means of deep water and other people strolling practically knee-deep at instances.
One other video exhibits Pudding Mill Lane DLR station in Stratford underwater after heavy rainfall on Sunday.
Thunderstorms bringing lightning and the specter of flooding to the South are set to proceed till Monday, forecasters have warned.
Two hospitals have reported points with their emergency departments as a result of climate.
Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone mentioned it’s experiencing “operational points as a result of heavy rainfall”, whereas Newham Hospital mentioned its A&E division had flooded in some areas.
A spokesperson for Barts Well being NHS Belief mentioned: “We’re experiencing operational points at Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital as a result of heavy rainfall.
“We’re working carefully with our native companions to resolve the problems and preserve affected person care and – whereas providers stay accessible for folks in an emergency – sufferers are requested to attend various hospitals the place they’ll, to assist us put options in place as shortly as doable.”
The Met Workplace issued an amber warning for storms protecting London and surrounding counties the place houses and companies are prone to flooding, which was in place till 7pm on Sunday.
The torrential downpours come after a heatwave earlier this week introduced days of record-breaking temperatures.
A yellow warning for storms which may trigger journey and energy disruption additionally covers a wider space of the South from Norwich to Plymouth, and lasts till midnight.
Residents in Woodford have been pressured to make use of buckets, brooms and picket boards to create flood defences and scoop the water from their houses.
One native, Mariya Peeva mentioned: “My son went to purchase some meals from the native store – by the point he got here again the entire road and the pavement have been already flooded and the water was coming into our entrance door.”
Buses have additionally been left stranded on waterlogged roads in Battersea.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggested folks to “keep away from strolling or driving by means of floodwater” and to name 999 in an emergency.
Native emergency providers, @LondonFire, and @MetPoliceUK are responding to important flooding throughout London. For those who’re travelling, examine your route as a number of @TfL bus, tube and rail providers are affected. Keep away from strolling or driving by means of flood water. In an emergency, name 999.
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) July 25, 2021
He mentioned: “Native emergency providers, @LondonFire, and @MetPoliceUK are responding to important flooding throughout London.
“For those who’re travelling, examine your route as a number of @TfL bus, tube and rail providers are affected.
“Keep away from strolling or driving by means of flood water. In an emergency, name 999.”
In Hertfordshire, the Standon Calling competition was pressured to come back to an early conclusion as a result of climate, with folks advised to depart the positioning as shortly as quickly as doable.
Sadly as a consequence of flooding we are going to not be capable of proceed with the competition.
For those who can safely depart the positioning this night please accomplish that as quickly as doable. We’re engaged on getting everybody off web site as safely and shortly as doable.
— Standon Calling (@StandonCalling) July 25, 2021
Met Workplace meteorologist Steven Keates mentioned elements of the South between south Suffolk and the Isle of Wight might be deluged by 100mm of rain in just some hours on Sunday night.
“There’s torrential thunderstorms round but once more,” he mentioned.
“Into the night, from Norfolk to Bournemouth we’re going to see some fairly full of life showers.
“Torrential downpours, thunder and lightning and doubtlessly some hailstones are settling within the South.”
Mr Keates mentioned the storms are being brought on by a “convergence” of air currents, as a consequence of heat within the Earth’s floor from the latest heatwave rising into cooler air within the ambiance.
It comes after lightning set fireplace to homes in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday morning, forcing residents to depart.
Neighbours heard an “monumental bang” because the strike set two houses ablaze on Mercia Avenue, and a 70-year-old girl was assessed by paramedics.
Kingston Police, who oversee a borough within the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to “drive rigorously” and keep in mind they’re “not driving a submarine”.
The drive mentioned in a tweet: “Please keep in mind to drive rigorously.
“Additionally do not forget that you are not driving a submarine.
“Don’t enter what may presumably be deep water.
“Watch your velocity and distance as stopping distances shall be better.”
The rain introduced an finish to the heatwave earlier this week, doubtlessly disappointing anybody who hoped for a dry, sunny journey to the coast.
The remainder of the nation was forecast to expertise a cloudy, extra settled finish to the week whereas sunshine is predicted in Scotland.
Temperatures are set to rise in most locations once more on Monday because the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to achieve 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.
The Met Workplace has predicted early cloud in some northern and jap elements which is able to transfer as much as Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most locations all through the day.