Two inches of rain falls at Santon Downham, but flights back to normal at Norwich Airport

An image from the lightning storm over norwich in the first hours of this morning (20/7/14) An image from the lightning storm over norwich in the first hours of this morning (20/7/14)

Monday, July 28, 2014
6:39 PM

Flights from Norwich airport to Amsterdam are back to normal after earlier problems because of the adverse weather in the Dutch city.

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Two flights to Amsterdam were cancelled earlier today, but the flight from Norwich to Amsterdam at 4.30pm was able to leave at 4.55pm.

Earlier today 51mm of rain - about two inches - fell in about four hours at Santon Downham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

And the Met Office said 43mm of rain - more than half the average monthly total for England in July -fell in an hour in Great Dunmow, Essex, between 4am and 5am.

Several roads in north Essex also experienced flash flooding this morning.

Chris Bell, a spokesman for UEA-based Weatherquest, said heavy thunderstorms hit a line from Swaffham to Thetford to Santon Downham in Norfolk.

He said that, while there was a bit more cloud and drizzle to come this evening for our region, this should be gone by tomorrow morning.

He added: “And from Tuesday to Friday we are looking at quite a quiet period of weather. It will be fairly dry across the area, and the temperature will be in the mid-20s inland. There will be a mixture of sunshine and cloud, but nothing exciting. But it will become more unsettled by the weekend.”

The flash flooding and thunderstorms in many parts of Britain this morning have been described as a “zombie apocalypse”.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the south-east of England as more than half a month’s worth of rain fell in an hour in some places.

Forecasters warned that a “deeply unstable airmass” had brought the risk of heavy thundery showers across East Anglia, the South East and London throughout the day.

The lightning hit an electricity sub-station near Hove in Sussex, causing power to the coastal rail route to be cut, according to a Network Rail (NR) spokeswoman.

London Fire Brigade rescued two women from a car which got stuck in flood water near South Ruislip station, north-west London.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said it had dealt with 20 incidents in Thaxted, following flash flooding.

Firefighters rescued five people from three neighbouring houses which were flooded, while a road in the town collapsed from the heavy rainfall, it said.

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said Brighton crews had dealt with a “large number of weather-related emergency calls”, including flooding and lightning strikes.

Morning commuters posted descriptions on Twitter of heavy hail and localised flooding caused by the storms.

A Southern Water spokeswoman said: “Torrential rain fell across Sussex this morning which has led to parts of our sewer network becoming overwhelmed by the sheer volume of water entering it.”

Sussex Police warned drivers to be careful as flash flooding hit Worthing, West Sussex, and Portslade and Mile Oak on the outskirts of Brighton and Hove.

Did you take a photograph of the thunderstorms/flooding across our region? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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