Stormy summer end to June

Heavy rain and flash flooding have brought about a dramatic conclusion to June as Birmingham prepares to welcome the Olympic Torch to the city on Saturday; Flash flooding, heavy rainfall and hailstones in the Midlands, UPDATED: Electric storm and flash flooding causes chaos in Birmingham

 The Midlands was hit by heavy rain with some areas receiving almost an inch in an hour while other areas saw hailstones as large as golf balls. The deluge in Birmingham led to gridlock on the Aston Expressway with a large amount of surface water while St Chad's Queensway Tunnel was closed. Across the city there were reports of flooding in Selly Oak, Stirchley, and also in Wolverhampton and Solihull. Reports were made of flooding at Dogpool Road, Stirchley, near the River Rea.

The skies over Birmingham turned black around 10am with the storm lasting over an hour before it moved north east towards the East Midlands.

The following pictures show how the heavy rain was at visibility was severely reduced.


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