Torrential rain caused flooding across Birmingham and the Black Country in particular, despite it being the height of summer. Videos shared by locals show a car trapped in deep water in the street and a road turning into a river.
Extreme floods hit parts of the UK overnight, with people waking up to see their homes damaged and their cars underwater.
Footage captured Tuesday evening in Handsworth, Birmingham, shows a BMW trapped in deep water in the middle of the street with its hazard lights on.
Torrential rain caused flooding across Birmingham and the Black Country, with a road in West Bromwich turning into a “river”.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in parts of central England and Wales yesterday.
A warning is still in force in northern England until 9am today.
It reads: “Flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.”
Most of Scotland is also covered by weather warnings – with amber warning for rain covering Inverness and Aberdeen and a yellow warning for rain covering most of the country.
Yesterday, the pre-season friendly game between Walsall and WBA was been cancelled due to the heavy rain.
Walsall FC tweeted: “Tonight’s pre-season friendly against @WBA has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.”
Boatman Lane in Walsall was also flooded, with reports of long queues due to surface water.
Floods also led to disruption and cancellations to rail and bus services.
National Express West Midlands tweeted: “Diversion on route 11/11C Due to flooding on Rookery Road. 11A & 11C are diverted using Oxhill Road / Sandwell Road, Austin Road (11C only), Hollyhead Road, Soho Road to normal line of route.”
West Midlands Railway said: “Problems reported. Cancellations to services at Lye: Due to heavy rain flooding the railway at Lye the line is blocked.”
West Midlands Railway then added: “Cancellations to services between Birmingham New Street and Coventry: Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Birmingham New Street and Coventry the line towards Coventry is blocked.”
Earlier this week, the Met Office warned Britain would be hit by four days of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain after a washout weekend.
A spokesman said: “The current dominant weather pattern of the UK is set to be a spell of low pressure, bringing with it some more persistent rain from Tuesday and into Wednesday, with some slow moving heavy rain expected over Scotland on Wednesday in particular.”
At the weekend, thunderstorms hit London, leading to flooding in multiple Tube stations and damages to houses as well as businesses.
Patients had to be moved and surgeries were cancelled after several hospitals were impacted by the water.
An entire block at Whipps Cross was forced to close after flooding caused a major power outage, leaving 100 patients needing to be evacuated to other hospitals such as St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Royal London and Homerton.
London Fire Brigade’s emergency control room said it took more than 1,000 calls to flooding incidents from across the city on Saturday.
Firefighters helped people trapped in cars and and homes escape as well as being called out to homes with collapsed ceilings.
They also rescued three adults and two children who were trapped after their car became stuck in one metre of water in Worcester Park, south west London.