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Britain braced for tornadoes after night of thunderstorms and floods

Lightning, thunder and swirling great clouds hit parts of the UK overnight Lightning, thunder and swirling great clouds hit parts of the UK overnight (Picture: PA/Kennedy)

Parts of the UK were battered by a deluge of rain, shocking lightning strikes and thunderstorms that caused widespread power outages and flooding overnight.

And Britons are being braced for more chaotic weather, with storm chasers even predicting the perfect conditions for tornadoes to hit in the south-east of the country.

Parts of Kent, Essex and East Sussex were braced for tornadoes yesterday as intense storms and torrential rain moved in.

Twitter user Adventure with Callum spotted a tornado above Borden in Sittingbourne, Kent, at around 1am.

Stormchasers posting on the UK Weather World forum said the unsettled weather had created the perfect conditions for a ‘significant tornado event’.

PIC FROM Carl Humphrey / Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WHICH TURNED THE SKY AN EERIE BLUE AND WAS COMPARED TO A MOTHER SPACESHIP AND ARMAGEDDON BY PHOTOGRAPHER CARL HUMPHREY) These dramatic pictures show the moment a supercell thunderstorm took on the appearance of a 'mother spaceship' and made a stunned photographer fear he was witnessing 'Armageddon' last night. Carl Humphrey, 30, was left 'soaking wet' photographing the dramatic rotating thunderstorm which triggered heavy wind, rain and thunderstorms overnight. Photos show eerie blue-grey clouds swirling in circular shapes above an otherwise pink sky above Orford, in Suffolk, at 20:40 yesterday [June 18]. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266 A supercell thunderstorm was captured by photographer Carl Humphrey in the skies above Orford, in Suffolk last night (Picture: Kennedy) PIC FROM Carl Humphrey / Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WHICH TURNED THE SKY AN EERIE BLUE AND WAS COMPARED TO A MOTHER SPACESHIP AND ARMAGEDDON BY PHOTOGRAPHER CARL HUMPHREY) These dramatic pictures show the moment a supercell thunderstorm took on the appearance of a 'mother spaceship' and made a stunned photographer fear he was witnessing 'Armageddon' last night. Carl Humphrey, 30, was left 'soaking wet' photographing the dramatic rotating thunderstorm which triggered heavy wind, rain and thunderstorms overnight. Photos show eerie blue-grey clouds swirling in circular shapes above an otherwise pink sky above Orford, in Suffolk, at 20:40 yesterday [June 18]. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266 The eerie blue-grey clouds swirled into circular shapes at around 8.40pm (Picture: Kennedy) Handout photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of Mark Jarvis of a lightning storm in Eastbourne, as torrential rain and a ???spectacular electrical storm??? lashed parts of the UK overnight as unsettled weather continues to cause disruption across the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 19, 2019. Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of the South East, while Lenham in Kent saw 42mm of rain in the space of just one hour. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Mark Jarvis/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Mark Jarvis took this picture of a lightning storm in Eastbourne (Picture: PA) Handout photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of Mark Jarvis of a lightning storm in Eastbourne, as torrential rain and a ???spectacular electrical storm??? lashed parts of the UK overnight as unsettled weather continues to cause disruption across the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 19, 2019. Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of the South East, while Lenham in Kent saw 42mm of rain in the space of just one hour. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Mark Jarvis/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Great lightning forks were spotted as torrential rain continued to fall (Picture: PA) Alamy Live News. TW5TBK Heathfield, East Sussex, UK..18 June 2019..Thunder & lightning. Sound & light show viewed from Heathfield as storms pass over Eastbourne. David Burr/ Alamy Live News. This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check. Lightning in the skies above East Sussex overnight (Picture: Alamy)

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Alamy Live News. TDT7N6 Brighton UK 18th June 2019 - A thunder and lightning storm lights up the skies above the Queens Park area of Brighton this evening as they move across the south east of Britain bringing a threat of more flooding to some parts of the UK . Credit : Simon Dack / Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check. Thunder and lightning also hit the Queens Park area of Brighton as storms threatened more flooding (Picture: Alamy) METRO GRAB - taken with permission Weather lightning Tunbridge Wells, Kent https://twitter.com/helenajmarshall/status/1141243906006368256 Picture: Helena Marshall Lightning was also spotted in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Picture: Helena Marshall) METRO GRAB - taken with permission Weather lightning Tunbridge Wells, Kent https://twitter.com/helenajmarshall/status/1141243906006368256 Picture: Helena Marshall Helena Marshall captured this image of great forks of lightning (Picture: Helena Marshall)

Elsewhere across the south east homes were left without power and roads were flooded, while Lenham in Kent saw 42mm of rain in the space of just one hour.

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The Met Office said the deluge in the village, which lies between Maidstone and Ashford, came between 11pm and midnight.

Videos posted to social media captured spectacular lightning in the skies over the region, while Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit tweeted that the lightning was ‘very active’.

Last week, music fans arriving for a damp Isle of Wight Festival were met with a huge tornado that hit the island on Thursday.

A picture showing the terrifying twister circling in the sky was captured by Isle of Wight Weather Service photographer Jamie Russell.

He said: ‘This type of tornado forms when an updraft area at the base of a cloud starts to rotate locally due to variations in the wind direction which can be triggered by hills, headlands and sometimes even nearby rain showers.’

Meanwhile forecasters warned of ‘treacherous’ conditions in parts of the country amid the intense rainfall and flooding.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: IslandVisions/BNPS This is the dramatic moment Britain's sodden summer took a dramatic twist when a 'tornado' struck the south coast. The huge funnel cloud was spotted by photographer Jamie Russell over Chale on the Isle of Wight. The twister formed inland, so was not a waterspout which occur out to sea. It lasted for a few minutes before tailing off. A ‘tornado’ spotted over Chale on the Isle of Wight last week (Picture: IslandVisions/BNPS) Worcestershire CCC's, New Road, ground under water due to flooding from the River Severn in Worcester, after heavy rainfall. 17/06/2019. See SWNS story SWMDweather. Britain will be pummelled by ???persistent rain??? over the next few days with the risk of ???severe thunderstorms??? developing as the unrelenting summer washout rages on. The increased likelihood of damaging storms has forced the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning. Worcestershire CCC’s ground fell under water due to flooding from the River Severn in Worcester earlier this week (Picture: SWNS) Britain braced for tornadoes but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel Metro.co.uk A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place across the south east until 9pm today with the threat of more rain and flooding (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

A yellow weather warning is in place for thunderstorms across much of the south east of England, including East Anglia, until 9pm on Wednesday.

Forecasters say further rain, hail and lightning could bring potential disruption to travel.

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Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘We’ve had some heavy, thundery showers overnight.

‘There has been some flooding near Eastbourne and some power cuts.

‘We are going to see some further heavy showers heading towards Kent, and south-east parts of the UK will see some heavy thunderstorms through the morning, while isolated ones could develop this afternoon.’

Flood damage in a house in Wainfleet All Saints, in Lincolnshire, where streets and properties are flooded after the town had more than two months of rain in just two days. The Royal Air Force has been drafted in after the River Steeping breached its banks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 14, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Flood damage in a house in Wainfleet, which saw more than two months of rain in just two days (Picture: PA) Undated handout photo taken using a drone of the flooding in in Wainfleet All Saints, in Lincolnshire, where streets and properties are flooded after the town had more than two months of rain in just two days. The Royal Air Force has been drafted in after the River Steeping breached its banks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 14, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Chris Dower/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Around 600 homes in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, remain evacuated due to the floods (Picture: PA) Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence an RAF Chinook that was deployed to try and stem the flow of water in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, where streets and properties flooded after the town had more than two months of rain in just two days. The Royal Air Force has been drafted in after the River Steeping breached its banks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 14, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Around 350 tonnes of sand and ballast were dropped in the area by RAF Chinook helicopters over the weekend (Picture: PA)

The flood-hit community of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire is within the Met Office’s warning area, but forecasters are optimistic the town will escape the worst of the storms on Wednesday.

Mr Burkill said: ‘A few showers are possible there, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to bear the brunt of the heavy downpours.’

The town has already seen around 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water pumped out to sea following severe flooding last week.

Around 350 tonnes of sand and ballast were dropped in the area by RAF Chinook helicopters over the weekend.

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On Tuesday, Lincolnshire Police said almost 600 homes remained evacuated as the clean-up operation continued.

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Other parts of the country will see a much brighter day on Wednesday, with sunshine expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The rest of England and Wales could see a damp start, before things brighten up later in the day.

But it’s not all bad news, as it looks like there could be some light at the end of the tunnel.

The weekend is also set to bring some respite from the recent downpours, with temperatures rising to as high as 23°C.

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