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UK Weather: Londoners Capture City Lit Up In 'Scary' Display As A Month's Rain Falls In A Matter Of Hours

Dramatic scenes across the capital.

23/06/2016 11:19

Incredible images showed London being lit up by a huge storm last night, as a month's worth of rain fell on the capital in a matter of hours.

The storm was captured on camera by a number of Londoners throughout the night.

Torrential downpours and flooding swamped parts of the city in the early hours of EU referendum day, with the fire brigade inundated with more than 300 emergency calls – a day’s worth in just an hour and a half.

Reports of weather-related incidents included lightning striking property, flooded homes and businesses, and rising waters trapping vehicles.

Streets were also flooded, threatening disruption, as voters made their way to to polling stations.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Crews are being mobilised to incidents as quickly as possible but the Brigade is appealing to people to only call 999 in an emergency - where there is a risk to life or property.

“Between around 1.30am and 3am our control officers took over three hundred calls – around as many as they would receive in an average day.”

In just one hour, 20.5mm of rain fell in Bexley, East London, close to half the June average, with some parts expected to see multiple showers bringing a month’s rain on Thursday morning.

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    Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Braxted, Essex, as torrential downpours and flooding have swamped parts of London and the South East in the early hours of EU referendum day, with the London Fire Brigade inundated with a day's calls in just 90 minutes.
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: A car is abandoned under a bridge in Battersea after getting stuck in floodwater water on June 23, 2016 in London, England. Overnight thunderstorms have caused travel disruption in the south of England on the day the United Kingdom goes to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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    BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Commuters at Victoria Station, London, as torrential downpours and flooding swamped parts of London and the South East in the early hours of EU referendum day, with the London Fire Brigade inundated with a day's calls in just 90 minutes.
  • Nick Ansell/PA Wire
    A vehicle is driven through a flooded road in Braxted, Essex, as torrential downpours and flooding have swamped parts of London and the South East in the early hours of EU referendum day, with the London Fire Brigade inundated with a day's calls in just 90 minutes.
  • Jack Taylor via Getty Images
    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: A car is abandoned under a bridge in Battersea after getting stuck in floodwater water on June 23, 2016 in London, England. Overnight thunderstorms have caused travel disruption in the south of England on the day the United Kingdom goes to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5735974c) Flooding in Saxham Road, Barking, Essex after torrential rain and thunderstorms Heavy flooding in Barking, Essex, UK - 23 Jun 2016
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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5735974d) Flooding in Saxham Road, Barking, Essex after torrential rain and thunderstorms Heavy flooding in Barking, Essex, UK - 23 Jun 2016
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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5735974d) Flooding in Saxham Road, Barking, Essex after torrential rain and thunderstorms Heavy flooding in Barking, Essex, UK - 23 Jun 2016
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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5735974b) Flooding in Saxham Road, Barking, Essex after torrential rain and thunderstorms Heavy flooding in Barking, Essex, UK - 23 Jun 2016
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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (5735974a) Flooding in Saxham Road, Barking, Essex after torrential rain and thunderstorms Heavy flooding in Barking, Essex, UK - 23 Jun 2016
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