The storms swept in from France overnight. After battering southern England from the early hours, they headedto the Midlands and the North.
In some areas more than one-and-a-half inches of rain fell in an hour. There were dozens of lightning strikes.
The storm, known as the Spanish Plume by meteorologists, was caused by the shift of a warm and humid pool of air from Spain and France.
In Hampshire, fire crews dealt with 108 weather-related incidents. More than 500 people were evacuated from a Southampton nightclub when the roof collapsed under the weight of the rainwater. In Brighton, parts of the Royal Sussex County Hospital were evacuated due to flooding. Two 80-year-old women had their purses stolen as they struggled to deal with 2ft-deep floodwater at a charity shop in Brixham, Devon.
There was a catalogue of delays and accidents on the road and rail networks. In the South-east, there were delays on the M25, while the London Underground was hit by flooding, forcing the closure of a number of stations and extensive delays.Reuse content