A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms battered parts of central and northern England.
West Mercia Police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream in Bitterley, near Ludlow, Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am today.
Flooding has hit parts of the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire following downpours in the region.
A 90-year-old man was among a number of people rescued from vehicles by fire crews as heavy rain caused flash flooding in the Bridgnorth area of Shropshire.
Herefordshire Council said a number of roads across the county were submerged, with severe localised flooding affecting Orleton, Brimfield, Yarpole and Kingsland.
BREAKING: Residents in Bitterley named the man who died as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.
Local councillor and farmer Richard Huffer, 50, said Mr Ellis was "a very well respected member of the community".
Meanwhile, in the Midlands, massive hailstones "the size of golf balls" have struck parts of the UK as a band of rare "super cell thunderstorms" swept across the region.
Three people, were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary with non-life-threatening injuries after accidents caused by the weather, Leicestershire Police said.
Super cell thunderstorms were common in areas like the plains of the US Midwest but make up just 1% of storms in the UK, according to Paul Knightly, senior forecaster with Meteogroup, the weather arm of the Press Association.
Super cell thunderstorms can do "disproportionate damage" by bringing with them large hailstones, tornados, heavy rain and and high winds.
Three of the storms had been caused by a "Spanish plume", a warm weather front heading north from Iberia which has risen over cooler Atlantic air as they meet over the British Isles, leading to powerful thunderstorms.
The Environment Agency has urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands and northern England as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across many central and northern parts of the country.
There is a continued risk of surface water flooding if drainage systems are overwhelmed by rainfall.
Thunderstorms caused flooding and traffic disruption across the North East, with Northumbria Police issuing warnings to drivers to take care because of the treacherous driving conditions and standing water.
Flooding was also reported in the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had taken hundreds of calls relating to the weather.
Trains between Scotland and England have been hit by floods in Cumbria and near Newcastle, with a landslip taking place near Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Stephen Davenport, forecast manager for Meteogroup, said some of the hailstones were so large, "cars were dented and greenhouses were smashed".
Northern Ireland and the Irish republic have also been hit by floods, with forecasters warning of more heavy rain on the way.
At the height of disruption, more than 10,000 homes in the Cork area and 1,000 in Northern Ireland suffered blackouts.
Political leaders in Northern Ireland have been forced to try to calm public anger about the handling of flash floods which swamped parts of Belfast and County Antrim, with further downpours forecast as thousands struggle to clean up flood damage.
The floods are the latest to hit parts of the UK, as this month shapes up to be one of the wettest Junes on record - possibly surpassing June 2007 when heavy rain caused widespread flooding.
More than a thousand homes and businesses were flooded last weekend after torrential downpours across the north, with a month's rain falling in 24 hours in some places.
Earlier in the month, flash floods brought havoc to communities in west Wales following heavy rainfall.
But, there's better weather ahead, according to the Met Office: Rain over England is moving north east and will clear over the North Sea in the next few hours.
The next few days should be quieter, with sunshine and showers tomorrow, forecasters said.
The Tyne Tunnel is closed in both directions, Northumbria Police said.
All Metros are at a standstill due to flooding and the system has been suspended, the force said.
Trains from Edinburgh travelling south are terminating at Berwick, Northumbria Police said. Passengers wishing to travel south are leaving the train and are waiting for buses to take them further south.