UK weather: Gardens and bridges flood in Somerset as 'insane' hail, heavy rain, thunder and lightning hit England

Gardens and bridges flooded, large hail stones fell and lightning struck too close for comfort when storms battered large parts of England on Tuesday.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather alert for thunderstorms on Tuesday that covered southern England, East Anglia and parts of the Midlands, as well as a flood warning for England.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they received several calls from people stuck in flooding with footage showing widespread disruption on the roads.

In Bathealton in Somerset, west of Taunton, Val Coots said her garden had been flooded by a stream, saying Tuesday's rainfall was "on a different scale, really unbelievable".

"The stream rose about a foot above the level of the garden and whole parts either side were completely submerged," she said.

Also in Somerset, 16-year-old Eleanor Wicks nearly got stuck when a bridge flooded in Bruton.

"It was very shocking because it had been raining for about three solid hours and we had to try to find a way around it, through a flooded footbridge," she said.

She added: "Our car was on the other side so we had to go all the way around over a flooded footpath bridge and through another bit of flood to get to the car."

George Dibley, from Basingstoke in Hampshire, said the rain was "crazy to see and hear" and that it felt like someone was knocking on his window.

"We got worried at one point that if the hail got any bigger it might damage our car, but thankfully it only lasted a few minutes," the 24-year-old said.

Another Basingstoke resident, Sam Middleton-Bray, posted pictures and video of large hailstones falling in her garden.

"That was some insane weather today here in Basingstoke. I've never seen hail that size," she tweeted.

A weather watcher was also shaken up by lightning and a huge clap of thunder as he filmed under a storm in Warwickshire, saying it was "the closest I've seen in my life".

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The weather warning ended at 10pm and forecasters said the rain would gradually ease through the night.

Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said they were "some lively conditions across the south as well as the east" and that a risk of rain and hail would persist on Wednesday and Thursday.

Turning to Friday, she said: "There is the chance of some heavy showers in the South but elsewhere will be mostly dry, with the cloud coming and going, but some brighter skies coming through setting the scene for Saturday."