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Thunderstorms cause flash flooding in London, submerging roads and some train stations

Maija Ehlinger and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

Severe thunderstorms caused flash flooding across London on Sunday afternoon, sparking major transport 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 emailed to CNN.
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.
A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust told CNN in a statement that both hospitals are experiencing operational issues due to the heavy rainfall.
“We are working closely with our local partners to resolve the issues and maintain patient care and — while services remain available for people in an emergency — patients are asked to attend alternative hospitals where they can, to help us put solutions in place as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said.

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