Original article from Kent Live
The heatwave in Kent was interrupted with dramatic thunderstorms rumbling across the county.
A sudden band of rain fell in West and mid Kent areas around 6pm yesterday evening (July 20), leaving some roads and homes under water.
Not all parts of Kent experienced the deluge but some places were hit hard.
The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms, before upgrading this to an amber warning later in the evening.
This followed a glorious week of sunshine which had seen temperatures hit the mid-30s.
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But when the storms struck, some areas were left under water.
East Malling was one of the areas badly hit, with roads turned into waterways/
The car pictured above had most of its wheels submerged in water.
Maidstone was also badly affected by flooding, with train services cancelled and roads cut off.
Fallen trees blocked railway lines and flooding caused major issues at Maidstone East.
The Tweets above show residents photos of roads in Maidstone, with one car battling through the conditions.
There was also disruption on the A20 which caused traffic to slow near Sidcup and Chislehurst, where there was flooding from the A20 Sidcup by-pass to B258 Station Road.
This drone shot was taken 400ft over Ashford.
The remarkable image shows two huge downpours, with a bolt of lighting arcing down from the clouds over the county.
However, a number of Kent residents saw the bright side of the storms, and were happy to see some rainfall after a week of scorching weather.
One commenter joked: "Rain?? Where ?? Tell me where the water is… NOW!!!"
Another noticed how rapidly the weather has changed across the county:
"It's on its way here to the costa del Thanet – the sky's changed in the last half hour."
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