Severe thunderstorms caused flash flooding across London, sparking major transportation delays.
London Metropolitan Police said the flooding had caused “severe disruption” on the North Circular Road, one of the major roads surrounding central London.
Several London Underground train stations were heavily flooded, disrupting services.
The “significant flooding” affected services across the transport network,” a Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said in a statement.
Multiple stations on the rail network known as the Tube were closed, according to the TfL website.
“With multiple bus routes on diversion and some Tube and rail services affected and stations closed, we strongly advise that customers check for the latest information before they travel to ensure they have a safe and smooth journey,” the TfL spokesperson said.
Two London-area hospitals, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital, were affected by the rains. Both hospitals were experiencing operational issues and we’re retaining patients.
The London Fire Brigade said in a tweet that it had received hundreds of calls reporting flooding across London.
“We have now taken more than 1,000 calls to flooding incidents, including flooding to roads & properties, reports of ceilings collapsing & vehicles stuck in water. Crews used specialist water rescue equipment to rescue five people from a car stuck in flood water in #WorcesterPark,” the brigade said.
Unofficial reports estimated some locations around London received 60-92 millimeters of rain in an hour on Sunday.
A further 19 less severe flood alerts have also been issued, covering most of the capital and parts of surrounding counties.