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London roads flood as storms roll in

LONDON: Buses and cars were stranded when roads in London flooded on Sunday, as thunderstorms hit the British capital on several occasions.

Emergency services are grappling with “significant flooding in London,” Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted, adding that all public transport services were affected and advising people to avoid walking or driving through the flooded areas.

Social media users posted videos of partially flooded vehicles in southwest London, where more rain is expected as a group of thunderstorms make their way through southeast England.

The Met Office issued an amber weather alert for London and surrounding areas until 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

There is a risk of lightning and flooding, he warned, with rain forecast in some areas up to 10 centimeters (four inches), nearly double the monthly average for July.

According to an AFP journalist, police blocked a road near Queenstown Road station in southwest London, where three double-decker London buses got stuck under a railroad bridge.

The driver, who identified himself as Eric, said passengers had to get off after his bus started flooding.

Other motorists in Walthamstow, northeast London, abandoned their cars in the pouring rain.

Police said they are “currently facing multiple flooding in the east,” warning that tunnels and roundabouts have been flooded. – AFP

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