BREAKING: Cars submerged and streets flooded as thunderstorm hits Northampton

A sudden thunderstorm has led to flash flooding across Northampton tonight.

Dramatic videos and photos of stranded cars and submerged streets have been pouring in from Chronicle & Echo readers.

This street in Far Cotton has been left submerged with rubbish floating away down the road.

This street in Far Cotton has been left submerged with rubbish floating away down the road.

Northampton is at the edge of an orange weather warning for rain tonight (May 27) as the downpour moves across the country.

The Met Office is warning the thunderstorm could lead to "deep floodwater" and power cuts.

Readers have described some of the scenes in Northampton as a result of the flash flooding.

Michelle said on Twitter via @_michpix: "Crazy. My dad had to practically wade through a river to get to his car in Far Cotton."

A man pushes his sunken car in Ringway, Far Cotton. Courtesy of Justyna Szyfelbajn.

A man pushes his sunken car in Ringway, Far Cotton. Courtesy of Justyna Szyfelbajn.

Joe Atkin , via @JoeAFC_, said: "Wooldale Road alongside Caroline Chisholm school is really flooded. Cars driving along the path. Wouldn’t advise driving down there tonight!"

Martin Emmerson @Martycricket said: "​Well that was some afternoon. The apocalypse hit Northampton as I drove away from the ground. Roads flooded. Hail stones so big I thought they were going to smash the windscreen. Frightening."

Some people were blaming blocked drains for the flooding:

KevJedi, via @KevJedi, said: "Neglected blocked drain on public highway resulting in needing to move my car. Lucky I was home to do so and that there was somewhere else to park which isn't always possible."

Three stranded vehicles in Ringway, Far Cotton.

Three stranded vehicles in Ringway, Far Cotton.

The flash flooding has caused issues on the roads.

Highways England posted a tweet at 9pm: "2 lanes now closed on the #M1 southbound within J15 due to heavy rainfall which has caused a considerable amount of standing water in the carriageway. We have a crew on scene. @HighwaysEMIDS"

And later at 9.45pm, they tweeted that the A45 was closed: #Northamptonshire. #A45 westbound between the #A508 (near #Wooton) is closed due to heavy rainfall."