18 JULY 1874, Page 3

One of the most extraordinary falls of rain ever known

in London occurred in the great thunderstorm of this day week, when in parts near Hackney omnibuses had to cease running for a time from the floods,—horses being breast-high in water, and the furniture in the lower rooms of the houses floating about. The rain fell so thickly that, at times, it veiled completely one side of the street from the other, as if by the down-sweep of a -curtain. The lightning was mischievous, and in a good many instances fatal, but not so fatal as it has often been. But a more tropical down-rush of rain has probably never been seen in England.