Bank holiday weekend off to a wet start in South Yorkshire

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SOUTH Yorkshire saw hailstones and flash flooding today as the bank holiday weekend got off to a soggy start.

Sheffield saw 8.8mm of rain in just an hour between 3pm and 4pm this afternoon, the MeteoGroup weather service said.

As torrential rain fell across the county, a power cut hit nearly 7,000 homes in the Stocksbridge area at 12.30pm.

A spokesperson for Northern Power Grid said electricity has now been restored to all homes.

She said an investigation was underway as to the cause of the fault, but suggested it may have been caused by a lightning strike.

Several cars became stuck on Aldwarke Lane, Rotherham, after the road was flooded.

Chief superintendant Jason Harwin, district police commander for Rotherham, said on Twitter that his team had dealt with three road accidents in six hours.

“Poor weather means slow down,” he added.

Seven cars were involved in an accident on the A1(M) between junctions 36 and 37 near Doncaster, with two casualties reported.

And firefighters were called to two properties flooded in Doncaster town centre.

MeteoGroup forecaster Claire Austin said the weather will improve on Sunday, with a chance of sunny spells, but Monday will be windy with showers getting heavier in the afternoon.

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