Heavy rain hammers Devon as thunderstorms roll on – Monday
Parts of London are experiencing flash flooding as thunderstorms overwhelm the country’s arid landscape with heavy rain.
London’s Victoria Station was partially flooded as several Tube stations were forced to close as they were submerged in torrential rain runoff.
Footage from across the capital showed commuters struggling with deep puddles that had accumulated on the roads around the evening rush hour.
The Met Office has issued yellow and orange weather warnings for thunderstorms covering south east England and south Wales.
Dan Suri, forecaster for the Met Office, said: “With no significant rainfall in parts of the south since June, the soils in these areas have been baked by the sun, turning them into almost impenetrable hard surfaces.
“Any rain in these areas will not be able to drain away and instead will wash away soils and other hard surfaces, creating flash flooding in some areas.”
That’s all for The IndependentToday’s live weather coverage. Thank you for your support. If you need to catch up on today’s biggest events, check out Independent TV’s coverage of the flash floods in London and make sure you don’t miss Holly Bancroft’s story about dangerous sewage leaks triggered by heavy rains.
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 11:26 p.m.
Flooded hospital urges non-emergency patients to stay away
A Nottinghamshire hospital told patients to only go to A&E if their need was urgent or life-threatening after the building flooded.
Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop said it was doing “drainage work” after Monday night’s flooding and asked people to make sure the emergency department is “used appropriately”.
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 8:28 p.m.
Watch: Flash flood hits London after weeks of heat waves
Commuters struggled to get home across London today as flash floods overwhelmed the capital’s transport network.
Flash flood hits London after weeks of heat wave
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 7:10 p.m.
Gatwick forced to cancel flights in heavy rain
Passengers will be stranded at Gatwick Airport as bad weather forces flight cancellations.
The airport said delays and cancellations were inevitable as air traffic control restrictions were in place in southern England and parts of Europe.
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 6:40 p.m.
A man attempts to sweep London’s flash floods with a broom
A man was filmed using a broom to try and clear a drain in deep water in King’s Cross, London.
Torrential downpours hit the capital, leaving many places inundated and forcing several metro stations to close.
Here are images of the pedestrian sweeping:
A man chases water as flash floods hit King’s Cross
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 6:12 p.m.
More London stations closed by floods
Transport for London has closed stations in the capital due to flooding.
Heavy rain forced London Underground stations Earl’s Court, Kentish Town, Tottenham Hale, Turnpike Lane and Loughton to close at rush hour today. Golder’s Green also closed but reopened around 4:30 p.m.
Town of Kent:
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 5:50 p.m.
England cricket canceled as rain falls at Lord’s
The first Test match between England and South Africa at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London has been canceled as heavy rain flooded the ground.
Liam JamesAugust 17, 2022 5:18 p.m.
Where are the weather warnings in place?
The Met Office has issued yellow and orange weather warnings for thunderstorms and flooding in southern England.
London, Brighton and the whole of Kent are among the places expected to be plagued by torrential downpours throughout Wednesday.
Disruptions have already been reported in London, with Victoria Station experiencing flash flooding.
People are urged to be extra careful in such conditions, which are likely to cause power cuts, transport delays and display “danger to life”.
Furvah ShahAugust 17, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Londoners shelter from heavy rain
Residents of London try to shelter from heavy rain as torrential downpours batter the city.
Many have reported flash flooding as yellow and orange weather warnings are in place for thunderstorms and flooding in southeast England.
The Met Office is warning people to be extra careful as flooding is ‘danger to life’.
Furvah ShahAugust 17, 2022 4:15 p.m.
Flash floods reported in London
People are reporting flash flooding in parts of London as heavy rain hits the capital.
After weeks of hot, dry weather, yellow and orange weather warnings are in place for thunderstorms and flooding in south east England.
The Met Office advises people to be extra careful as flooding is ‘danger to life’.
Furvah ShahAugust 17, 2022 3:45 p.m.