See amazing pictures of intense storm over East Anglia

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY - Credit: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

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.

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART - Credit: ZSOLT MENYHART

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.

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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.

Lightning strikes sparked fires at homes in Felixstowe and Bradwell.

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.

Scenes from the skies in Melton around 5am. Picture: ROBERT NEEDS

Scenes from the skies in Melton around 5am. Picture: ROBERT NEEDS - Credit: ROBERT NEEDS

Did you get pictures or video of the storm? Send them to newsroom@archant.co.uk

Image of lightning taken by a reader during the storm this morning. Picture: JOE BRETT

Image of lightning taken by a reader during the storm this morning. Picture: JOE BRETT - Credit: JOE BRETT

Scenes from the skies in Melton around 5am. Picture: ROBERT NEEDS

Scenes from the skies in Melton around 5am. Picture: ROBERT NEEDS - Credit: ROBERT NEEDS

Lightning streaks through the sky in Ipswich, Whitehouse. Picture: MICHELLE LAMB

Lightning streaks through the sky in Ipswich, Whitehouse. Picture: MICHELLE LAMB - Credit: MICHELLE LAMB

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART - Credit: ZSOLT MENYHART

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART

Lightning illuminates the sky in Ipswich. Picture: ZSOLT MENYHART - Credit: ZSOLT MENYHART

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY - Credit: JASON HEMINGWAY

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY - Credit: JASON HEMINGWAY

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY

Forks of lightning above Shotley Gate. Picture: JASON HEMINGWAY - Credit: JASON HEMINGWAY

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY - Credit: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

Incredible scenes from Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Picture: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY - Credit: BEVERLEY MOWBRAY

Photos of the storm from Morland Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVID CREAMER

Photos of the storm from Morland Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVID CREAMER - Credit: DAVID CREAMER

Photos of the storm from Morland Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVID CREAMER

Photos of the storm from Morland Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVID CREAMER - Credit: DAVID CREAMER

Lightning storm over Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ROBERT RONERTSON

Lightning storm over Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ROBERT RONERTSON - Credit: ROBERT RONERTSON