Floods have lashed components of the UK, leaving some properties, companies and streets beneath water.
The heavy slow-moving showers had led the Met Workplace to concern an amber thunderstorm warning overlaying many of the south east of England, together with components of London, on Wednesday.
A yellow thunderstorm warning was additionally in place for the east of England, London and the south east plus the south west.
A warning was additionally issued for thunderstorm throughout components of Kent and Medway on Thursday.
Gatwick Airport warned the climate situations may trigger flight delays.
Gatwick Airport tweeted: “Air visitors management restrictions are presently in place throughout the South of England and components of Europe as a result of poor climate situations.
“This can sadly trigger delays and cancellations to some flights at present.”
Flooding additionally hit the busy central London Victoria Station, forcing some retailers and platforms 7 and eight to shut for a interval within the afternoon.
A Community Rail spokesman mentioned: “Not lengthy after 3pm this afternoon, station colleagues at London Victoria seen flooding on the most important entrance as a result of heavy rainfall, with massive volumes of water working down the slope main in direction of the japanese concourse.
“Some retail models and platforms needed to be closed.”
Southeastern Railway launched “precautionary pace restrictions” on its Hastings line, and between Tonbridge and Ashford Worldwide as a briefly measure.
Because the night rush hour started, London mayor Sadiq Khan mentioned: “Elements of London and our transport community are presently experiencing disruption as a result of thunderstorms and flash flooding.”
The Met Workplace amber warning mentioned: “Quick flowing or deep floodwater is probably going, inflicting hazard to life.”
Flooding is prone to have an effect on properties and companies “shortly”, as 30mm to 50mm of rain may fall in simply an hour, whereas just a few locations might even see greater than 100mm in just a few hours.
Forecasters say this might result in prepare and bus cancellations amid tough driving situations, energy cuts and communities changing into minimize off from roads.
Lightning, hail and robust winds may additionally lash areas included within the warning, which spreads throughout Suffolk, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.
The sudden downpours hit as Thames Water, which provides 15 million folks, confirmed it’s placing a hosepipe ban in place subsequent week, saying water ranges in its reservoirs had been “a lot decrease than traditional”.
The gymnasium within the Homes of Parliament was additionally flooded out.
City corridor officers in Hackney warned residents that “extreme flooding” meant they need to “keep away from” Stoke Newington within the east London borough and it was working to clear drains and hand out sandbags.
Heavy downpours additionally left “massive swimming pools of water in a number of places” in Islington and Finsbury Park, north London, the council mentioned .
Wednesday was the fourth day in a row of thunderstorm warnings within the UK.
Nottinghamshire County Council mentioned that not less than 30 properties and enterprise premises in its area had been hit and an eight-foot-wide sinkhole had been reported to have appeared within the Matalan automotive park.
Worksop Leisure Centre was placed on standby as a relaxation centre in case properties wanted to be evacuated and a tree was reported to have fallen in Carlton Highway, in keeping with the council.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Instructing Hospitals NHS Basis Belief mentioned it was finishing up “a drying out job” and requested folks to make sure the emergency division is “used appropriately”.
A spokesman mentioned this was wanted as a heavy downpour had left standing water that had acquired into a number of the buildings in Bassetlaw Hospital.
Stagecoach East Midlands, which serves Hull, Lincolnshire and North Notts, instructed clients that all of its companies had been working “to the most effective of our skill” however flooding had triggered disruption throughout the entire Worksop community.
The Atmosphere Company’s flood responsibility supervisor Neil Davies mentioned: “We urge folks to not drive although flood water – it’s usually deeper than it seems and simply 30cm of flowing water is sufficient to float your automotive.”