28 June 2012
Last updated at 20:06
Flash flooding has occurred across many parts of England due to torrential rain. In Penkridge, Staffordshire, shop workers were left stranded.
Reports of flooded homes and cars stuck in water were made from areas including Kington, Kingsland and Eardisley, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said.
The storm, which began in Wales, grew stronger as it headed into England with roads quickly becoming flooded. Cars had to be pulled from floodwater in Albrighton, Shropshire.
Hagley Road, in Birmingham, also suffered a flash flood and two elderly people were rescued from a car in Barnes Hill by firefighters after it became stuck in 1m (3ft) of water.
West Mercia Police asked drivers to take care on the roads as heavy rain caused flooding in Boningale, Shropshire, on the A464.
Sylvia Newham found hail "bigger than golf balls" in Wolvey, Warwickshire.
And John Bourne watched hailstones fall in Burbage, Leicestershire. He said: "Almost every car has been dented on the roof in the street."
The Environment Agency said up to 35mm of rain had fallen in one hour in Herefordshire. Meanwhile, a car in Frankley, Worcestershire, was left covered in water.
In Leicester, the junction of Fosse Road North, Groby Road and Blackbird Road was submerged by water.
Cars had to be pushed out of floods in Leicestershire.
And day 41 of the Olympic Torch Relay, which was travelling from Lincoln to Nottingham, was affected by heavy downpours and the threat of lightning.
The rain also affected the north of England. In Cumbria trains on the West Coast main line were disrupted due to a landslide near Tebay.
Fire and rescue services in Cumbria report that they have attended more than 50 flood related incidents including this one in Kendal.
In Newcastle a subway at the West Jesmond Metro Station was flooded. Picture from Martin Le Roy.
Flood water cascades down steps in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside after heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area.