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Thunderstorm Warning as Torrential Downpours Batter the UK

A duck swims along the canal in London on Aug. 25.

A duck swims along the canal in London on Aug. 25.

Photographer: Peter Clifton/PA Wire

Torrential downpours have battered the UK, with one part of Essex seeing more than an inch of rain in just one hour.

Andrewsfield in Essex reported 1.43 inches (36.4mm) of rain in the early hours of Thursday as heavy showers and storms swept across the east and south-east of England.