Video: ‘Tornado’ above motorway as storms trigger flash floods across the region

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Yorkshire was battered by heavy thunderstorms this evening triggering a series of flash floods across the region.

Fire crews were forced to pump out the A&E unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary as storms hit the city around tea-time which led to the closure of the M606 northbound.

A reader sent this picture of a 'tornado' above the M60

A reader sent this picture of a 'tornado' above the M60

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had more than 50 calls in the Bradford area in just over an hour, with several motorists needing to be rescued from cars which became submerged in Clayton.

Another storm caused further chaos in the Castleford, Featherstone and Pontefract area as the service received more than 150 calls in the three hours from 6.30pm.

Reader DL Hornberger filmed a cloud formation resembling a tornado above the M60 motorway.

The Prince of Wales Hospice at Pontefract issued a plea for help for volunteers to serve food to patients and help clear up after its ground flood was flooded, putting its kitchens out of action.

Cars pass through a flash flood following heavy rain

Cars pass through a flash flood following heavy rain

Council chiefs in Wakefield set up an emergency centre for people affected by the flooding.

Flooding also affected parts of South Yorkshire including Oughtibridge, while the travel interchange in Barnsley was closed to buses. The town’s multi-storey car park next to the market was also closed as waters rose.

Kippax and Garforth, near Leeds, were also badly hit, as were Tadcaster and York as the storms tracked north.

In Lincolnshire, Louth was badly hit by a storm which left several streets underwater and forced the evacuations of a number of homes and a Co-op store.

Further wet and windy weather expected tomorrow when the remnants of Hurricane Bertha are expected to hit the UK.

Forecasters said that currently, southern parts of the country are most at risk from “heavy rainfall, strong coastal winds and large waves”.

A spokesman for the Met Office said the transition of Bertha from a tropical to an extra-tropical storm was a “particularly hard one to forecast” but it was increasingly expected to affect the UK on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Rain and strong winds may well bring disruption, especially across southern parts of the UK, with the potential for more than 50mm of rain and coastal gusts of over 60mph.”