BBC News:Torrential rain and thunderstorms hit UK


BBC news:Torrential rain and thunderstorms hit UK

Torrential rain is lashing large parts of the UK as severe thunderstorms hit, causing flooding and travel disruption.

A Met Office amber warning - meaning a potential risk to life - is in force across Wales and the south west of England until 06:00 BST on Friday.

Fire crews are being called out to flooded homes as river levels rise.

Ryanair and Easyjet have cancelled some flights. Rail passengers are suffering delays and cancellations and roads have been closed.

Easyjet said 48 flights in and out of Gatwick Airport were cancelled because of the thunderstorms.

Ryanair said some flights were delayed, while "a small number" had to be cancelled because of the weather.

Customers left waiting in airports in Berlin and Budapest voiced their frustration on social media.

Ryanair has apologised for the inconvenience and says it has contacted all affected customers by email or text message to advise them of their options.

Great Western Railway trains, which serves south Wales, and southern and western England, are running more slowly than usual after Network Rail imposed a precautionary blanket speed restriction.

National Rail said services across central England are expected to remain disrupted until 09:00 BST.

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