Floods have flooded homes, businesses and streets in parts of the UK, while thunderstorms continue to ravage the country.
Thunderstorms continue across the country and torrential downpours caused flooding at London’s Victoria Station and outside King’s Cross Station, with videos of cars and buses driving through huge puddles.
Network Rail said: “Not long after 3pm this afternoon, London Victoria station colleagues noticed flooding at the main entrance as a result of heavy rainfall, with large amounts of water running down the slope to the east concourse.
“Some retail units and platforms had to be closed.”
An orange thunderstorm warning for most of southeastern England, including parts of London, was in effect until 10pm, warning people to expect flooding and disruption.
The warning read: “Fast flowing or deep flood water can be life-threatening.”
The Met Office said floods will hit homes and businesses “quickly” as 30 to 50mm of rain can fall in just an hour, while in a few places more than 100mm can fall in a few hours.
As a result, train and bus outages, difficult driving conditions and power cuts could occur, forecasters warned.
Lightning, hail and high winds were also expected in areas covered by the warning such as Suffolk, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.
Earlier in the day, torrential downpours had hit the country, with the gym in the Houses of Parliament flooding.
As the evening rush began, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said parts of the capital and its transport network are “currently affected by thunderstorms and flash flooding”.
Parts of the UK have had to deal with heavy rain and flooding for two daysand a yellow thunderstorm warning is in effect in most of southern England, Wales and central areas, including the Midlands.
The Environment Agency has urged people not to drive through floodwater, warning that it is “often deeper than it appears and that just 12 inches of running water is enough to keep your car afloat”.
A hospital, an airport and a two meter wide sinkhole
In the teaching hospitals of Yorkshire, Doncaster and Bassetlaw, the NHS Foundation Trust has asked people to come to emergency rooms only if their condition is urgent or life-threatening after water has leaked into the building.
Gatwick Airport warned that weather conditions could cause delays.
It tweeted: “Air traffic control restrictions in southern England and parts of Europe are currently in place due to bad weather conditions.
“Unfortunately, this will lead to delays and cancellations of some flights today.”
In Nottinghamshire, the local County Council said at least 30 homes and business premises in the region have been hit by bad weather and a six-foot-wide sinkhole had reportedly appeared in a car park.
In Hackney, east London, local officials warned residents that “severe flooding” meant stoking Newington, saying they were clearing sewers and handing out sandbags.
Heavy downpours also left “large pools of water” at several locations in north London’s Islington and Finsbury Park.
Warnings issued about stormwater overflows
Pollution warnings have been put in place at more than 40 beaches and swimming spots in England and Wales.
After several dry months, heavy rain has flooded the sewage system.
England’s southwest and south coasts were the hardest hit, according to data collected by environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage.
Swimmers have been advised not to swim at seven beaches in Cornwall due to sewage overflow, four of which in Devon and five in Dorset are also polluted.
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Nine beaches in Sussex, three on the Isle of Wight and three in Essex have also been affected.
Elsewhere, there were warnings in places in Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and South Wales, as well as two inland wild swimming spots at Bristol and Minehead in Somerset.
In recent years there has been growing public outcry over the amount of raw or partially treated sewage pumped into British rivers and coastal waters.
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