Storms strike transport and football in Manchester

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Torrential storms have struck the north west of England's transport system and caused the postponement of Manchester City's Champions League game.

Twenty thousand properties in Lancashire were left without power after a high voltage fault.

The Metrolink suspended all tram lines due to lightning strikes and Manchester Airport had to divert incoming flights.

Surface water caused delays on the roads and to trains in the region.

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Image caption Manchester City's match against Borussia Mönchengladbach was abandoned less than 30 minutes before kick off
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Image caption Lightning flashes through the Manchester sky behind the Palace Hotel
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Image caption The storm resulted in the suspension of all tram lines in Manchester

Electricity North West said homes in Colne, Burnley and Nelson have been affected by the power cut.

The Environment Agency issued a number of flood warnings for south Manchester, with Fallowfield, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Rusholme among the areas affected.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) reported "high numbers" of 999 calls made after the storms hit.

GMFRS said it received 106 calls between 18:30 and 20:00 from people reporting flooding and weather related issues.

They included a woman and children trapped inside a car in flood water under a railway bridge in Stockport and electrical faults caused by flooding water.

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Image caption Flood warnings have been issued

Manchester Airport was unable to accept any incoming flights during the height of the storm and had to divert a number of planes to other airports.

Manchester City's Champions League group clash at home to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach was postponed less than half an hour before kick off due to a flooded Etihad Stadium pitch.

It has been rearranged for 19:45 BST on Wednesday.

The cosmetics counters at Manchester's Harvey Nichols department store were flooded as well.

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Image caption Homes were at risk from the storm

Meteorologist Mark Wilson said there was a lot of rain in a "very short space of time" in the region and "a lot" of thunder and lightning.

Mr Wilson said: "Prestbury had 32.4mm of rain in an hour - which is pretty exceptional."

He added the band of rain and thunderstorms looks set to push eastwards into Yorkshire and up to Scotland over the course of the night.

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