See amazing pictures of intense storm over East Anglia
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A phenomenal thunder and lightning storm in the early hours of this morning has left a devastating impact across the region, sparking fires, power cuts and travel problems.
The intense storm swept over Suffolk and north Essex around 4am, with many people saying they have never seen anything like it.
Readers have captured incredible images of the event, with streaks of lightning illuminating the sky.
The severe weather is reported to have caused power cuts across the two counties.
According to UK Power Networks, electricity is currently out in areas of Halesworth, Woolpit, Ipswich, Tattingstone, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea.
The storm has also reportedly knocked out a number of traffic lights across Ipswich, causing hold-ups to the town’s bus services.
There are problems on the trains, with rail services between Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport disrupted because a tree has fallen and damaged the overhead electric wires. Disruption is expected until 11am.
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Systems were said to be down at Ipswich railway station this morning, which meant travellers were unable to buy tickets from the self-service machines.
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