Wednesday 14 September 2016

Manchester and Lancashire Hit By Thunderstorms, Rain & Flood (Pics)

Now it's raining INSIDE: Supermarkets are flooded and cars swept away as hottest day of year is followed by torrential downpours, lightning and TORNADOES (but it's still scorching in the south)

Temperatures soared to 34.4C (94F) in Gravesend in Kent yesterday, the hottest September day in more than 100 years. Many people took to Twitter to complain about being unable to sleep because of the heat. It wasn't the same for everyone in the UK, however, as Manchester (centre and inset) and Lancashire was hit by violent thunderstorms, flash flooding and power cuts and a tornado touched down on Sheffield. Roads and even supermarkets in the North West were swallowed in deluges, with trains, flights and football games also disrupted - but the Met Office has said it will be a drier day for most of the country today. 

Rain fell so hard and fast that the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for the North West, North East, Yorkshire and into parts of Scotland. Images of flooding in the deluge hit region of the North West have since been posted on social media sites.

 A video emerged of an Asda supermarket (left) in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, under inches of water, before it was evacuated. There were similar scenes in the city's Harvey Nichols (right).

The rain was so heavy that it forced Manchester City to call off their opening Champions League game with Borussia Monchengladbach because of a waterlogged pitch.

Elsewhere in the city, people were seen running for cover and taking shelter under umbrellas and full-body raincoats

Source: Dailymail

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