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Video/gallery: Thunderstorms strike Suffolk in sudden blitz of rain and hail

PUBLISHED: 09:39 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 15 August 2014

Large amounts of water flooded the Capel St Mary road under the A12 underpass causing a car to get stuck on Thursday afternoon.

Large amounts of water flooded the Capel St Mary road under the A12 underpass causing a car to get stuck on Thursday afternoon.

Storms, flash flooding and hailstones have struck Suffolk in a sudden change to the weather.

Light showers and patchy sunshine were the order of the day earlier but around 3.15pm the skies clouded over.

Thunder and lightning quickly followed with drains overflowing in Ipswich and hailstones striking Capel St Mary.

In IP-City Centre’s building in Bath Street, Ipswich there were reports the building’s foyer had started to flood.

The video above shows water pouring in just below the ceiling, although it apparently did not cause too much disruption to people working there.

The extreme weather also affected rail services with lightning strikes causing problems to the overhead power lines around London.

In Wickham Bishops in Essex fire crews were tackling a fire in the loft of a house struck by lightning.

Crews used one hose reel to tackle the blaze with the incident commander reporting around 5% of the loft was alight.

On the A12 between the junctions for the A120 and Capel St Mary traffic was being forced to slow down because the road was flooded.

And at Capel St Mary itself the underpass became completely flooded and unpassable.

Suffolk police had to advise motorists not to use the road until it had cleared, with the road eventually reopening shortly after 5pm.

What is the weather doing where you are? Send your flooding, lightning and hail pictures to or tweet us @EADT24 and @IpswichStar24

A top barrister from Suffolk has spoken out in a planning row over proposals for a multi-million pound expansion he fears may threaten the tranquillity of Constable Country.

A petition aiming to demonstrate the strength of public support for the multi-million pound Sudbury bypass project was officially launched today at the town hall.

A person who died on the rail line near Ingatestone in Essex on Thursday has been named as 15-year-old William Tweed.

Five pieces of lifesaving equipment have been installed in shops across Suffolk, thanks to money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge.

Doctors anticipating a severe outbreak of flu this winter are desperately urging vulnerable people in Suffolk to get vaccinated against the virus.

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in Colchester.

Suffolk’s largest teaching union has launched a campaign over the “savage” levels of school funding under the new national funding formula (NFF).

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