Garden bridges and gardens flood in Somerset due to ‘insane’ hail, heavy rain and thunder


A yellow warning for thunderstorms in southern England, East Anglia, and the Midlands was issued by the Met Office on Tuesday. Additionally, they warned of potential flooding in England.

Numerous individuals stuck in the flooding contacted the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service through multiple phone calls. There is video evidence of significant road closures and disruptions.

In Bathelton, Somerset, west of Taunton, Val Cootes said his garden had been flooded by a stream, calling Tuesday’s rainfall “a different level, really unbelievable”.

According to him, the stream increased by a foot and flooded both sides of the garden, completely submerging them.

Also in Somerset, 16-year-old Eleanor Weeks was nearly trapped when a bridge flooded at Bruton.

“It was quite shocking because it had been raining for about three hours, and we had to try and find a way around it through the flooded footbridge,” he said.

He added: “Our car was on the other side, so we had to go over a flooded footbridge and another flood to get to the car.”

From Basingstoke, Hampshire, George Dibley described the rain as intense to witness and listen to. He compared the sound to someone knocking on his window.

The 24-year-old expressed concern about the hailstorm potentially causing damage to their car, but thankfully it only lasted a few minutes.

Another resident of Basingstoke, Sam Middleton-Bray, posted pictures and video of large hailstones falling in his garden.

“Had some crazy weather here in Basingstoke today. I’ve never seen hail this size,” he tweeted.

While taking photos during a storm in Warwickshire, a weatherman was startled by the thunder and thunderclaps. He described it as the closest he had ever witnessed in his life.

The weather warning ended at 10 pm, and forecasters said the rain would gradually taper off during the night.

Met Office meteorologist Claire Nasir said they had “some lively conditions in the south and east” and that the risk of rain and hail would remain on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday, some heavy showers might be in the southern regions, but most other areas will be dry. Though there will be some clouds, there will also be some bright skies, creating a good atmosphere for Saturday.

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