The Staggers 23 June 2016 A political storm: bad weather delays transport and closes polling stations Two polling stations in Kingston have been closed. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Anger from the heavens? Sheer bad luck? Whatever the reason, storms have hit the UK as voters attempt to make their way to the polling station. Kingston has reportedly closed two polling stations in response to the flooding, and has directed voters to nearby stations instead: People due to vote at polling stations closed by flooding in #Kingston are being told to go to others. #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/BvaS0CsFew — Heart London News (@HeartLondonNews) June 23, 2016 Transport links have also been delayed or shut thanks to flooding around London and in other parts of the UK. This is one factor, unlike bad weather alone, which has been shown to affect turnout levels in the past. By 10am this morning fire services had dealt with 400 weather-related incidents, and rain and thunder is expected to continue across the country for most of the day. Last night saw lightning storms hit the South, which, according to LightningMaps.org last night, formed an eerily prescient pattern: Real-time lightning map. A sign from above... pic.twitter.com/4lThciW0i5 — Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) June 22, 2016 A sign from god? › Does weather affect voter turnout on polling day? Barbara Speed is comment editor at the i, and was technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman, and a staff writer at CityMetric. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!