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Cars abandoned on flooded Stansted Road as torrential storm soaks Stortford

Three cars had to be abandoned by their drivers in Bishop's Stortford as thunder, lightning and torrential rain swept over the town during the Thursday morning rush hour (August 13).

The vehicles heading along Stansted Road were ditched just south of the junction with Parsonage Lane, which is a notorious flood point.

On the Indie's Facebook page, Chloe Ribeiro posted a video of floodwater running down Nursery Road and across South Street, while Kerrie Hudgell said: "Outside Kwikfit along South Street was really badly flooded. It didn't help [that the] drain cover had moved. Two guys from Kwikfit put the cover back and now the road's clear."

On the M11, heavy rain, surface water and spray between junctions 8 (Stortford/Stansted Airport/A120) and 9 (Saffron Walden/A11) resulted in slow-moving traffic in both directions.

The Essex Weather Forecasting Centre says Thursday will be very warm with thunderstorms developing widely. There will be a risk of torrential downpours, large hail and strong gusts. There will be some sunshine between the showers and some parts will stay dry. Highs of 28C (82.4F).

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* If you have details and photos of any other storm-related incidents in the Bishop's Stortford area, please email photos@stortfordindie.co.uk.

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