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

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 newsroom@archant.co.uk or tweet us @EADT24 and @IpswichStar24

11 comments

  • Seriously! Every time it rains a little you get "floods" in the exact same places. Outside the Thrasher, on Holywells Road...and many others. When will someone at the council actually take some action to sort out the drains in these areas which obviously need to be cleared or improved. Any chaos caused is not due to the weather but due to the inept management of the roadsdrains by the council!

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    Chris Church

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • ...someones missing his protective glasses and gloves.....

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    Yourjokingright?

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • I meant "half way" up the tyres. Yes I take responsibility for the typo instead of blaming my computer's spell checker!

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    Steve Blake

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Why is the car "stuck"?The water is not even above high way up the tyres and clearly hasn't even risen to the level of the engine compartment. Don't blame the council or the police unless these agencies deliberately stopped the driver and the vehicle. Perhaps the driver panicked at the sight of rain?? Once again individuals failing to take responsibility for their own actions.

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    Steve Blake

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • The fella with the broom is the councils drain cleaner, part of the cut backs.

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    Chris D

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • like the way the police man at the end of the road is not going to get wet. and yes he will need a bigger brush

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • that fella needs a bit bigger broom ...

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    kev

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • chris d ... we would need a major storm to clean Ipswich 40 days and 40 nights

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • I bet the man in the van gets a ticket driving half on the path ...could have killed some one . ticket ticket lol.

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • We need a bit of rain to help clean Ipswich.

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    Chris D

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • please spell lightning correctly (my pet peeve)

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    Scouser Pete

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

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