Roads and rail lines blocked as storms sweep in

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Storms left a trail of destruction yesterday as they swept across the country leaving one man dead, roads and rail lines blocked and properties inundated.

Torrential downpours caused flash floods and the main East Coast rail line was badly hit north of York with severe disruption to services between Scotland and England including a landslip near Berwick-upon-Tweed leading to delays of more than two hours, with passengers being advised not to travel.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Sarah-Jayne Robins outside her home in Todmorden

Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Sarah-Jayne Robins outside her home in Todmorden

The dead man was swept away by floodwater in a stream at Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire. He was named locally as maths teacher Mike Ellis.

Swathes of the Midlands were hit by intense downpours, with some areas receiving almost an inch of rain in just an hour – a third of the average rainfall for the whole of June.

There were reports of hailstones the size of golf balls which dented cars and smashed greenhouses and a tornado at Sleaford in Lincolnshire as the storms headed north east.

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron visited Todmorden which was badly affected by flooding in downpours a week ago. He met local people and held a meeting with council officials and emergency services workers before being angrily confronted by one woman who had been hit by the floods.

Prime Minister David Cameron is confronted by Kathleen Simpson as he leaves the town hall in Todmorden. Below: Mr Cameron talks to Sarah-Jayne Robins outside her home.

Prime Minister David Cameron is confronted by Kathleen Simpson as he leaves the town hall in Todmorden. Below: Mr Cameron talks to Sarah-Jayne Robins outside her home.

Thunderstorms caused flooding and traffic disruption across the North East leading to the closure of the Tyne Tunnel as flooding hit Newcastle city centre.

All Tyne and Wear Metro train were halted because of flooding.

Trains from Edinburgh travelling south were terminating at Berwick and there were no services between Durham and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Trans-Pennine express services to or from Newcastle were reporting delays of an hour last night.

North Tyneside Council said it dealt with more than 200 flood-related incidents in the borough after the storm broke during the afternoon. Eight schools in the area would be closed today because of water damage.

Kathleen Simpson walks away from Prime Minister David Cameron

Kathleen Simpson walks away from Prime Minister David Cameron

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service dealt with more than 50 flood calls. Drainage systems were overwhelmed by the volume of water which caused manhole covers to lift.

A major clear-up operation was continuing in parts of Northern Ireland after heavy rain on Thursday.

This month is shaping up to be one of the wettest Junes on record – possibly surpassing 2007.