Voting in EU referendum closes as region sees higher than normal turnout at polling stations
- Credit: James Bass
Politicians have finished arguing. The final pitch for votes has been made. But could a new factor influence the result... the great British weather?
David Cameron ignored questions about the weather, saying only 'good morning' to the gathered media from across the world, as he and his wife Samantha cast their votes at Methodist Hall in Westminster.
The region has been battered by storms throughout the day, while the Met Office has issued an official weather warning for south east England and East Anglia until 6am on Friday morning.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he believed the Out camp stood a 'very strong chance'.
Speaking outside his home in Kent after collecting newspapers, he said: 'Actually I do think we are in with a very strong chance, I do genuinely.
'But it's all about turnout and those soft remainers staying at home.'
A record number of voters are eligible to take part in the referendum, with the Electoral Commission putting the number at 46,499,537.
- 1 Tributes paid to 'lovely' teenager as police continue murder probe
- 2 Cyclist's relief as driver is convicted following traumatic accident
- 3 Four Norfolk gastropubs named among best in UK
- 4 Schools face classroom closures due to Covid
- 5 Two recycling centres to be closed - and replaced with new £4m tips
- 6 'Heartbreaking' - Vandals force landmark church to close after damage spree
- 7 Escaped giant eagle owl spotted in Norwich city centre
- 8 Hospital worker set for £60,000 payout after raising 'bullying' concerns
- 9 Hope for WASPI women as MPs back compensation call
- 10 Man in 50s dies after medical incident in field
A Waveney District Council spokesman said polling stations across the district had been busy all day.
The spokesman added:'Polling stations are recording much higher than usual numbers.'
In Norfolk, Wensum Lodge polling station said they have been steady this morning and had 85 votes by 9am while around 25pc of the registered electorate at Wreningham polling station had voted before 8am.
In Great Yarmouth as a man who fell over in the rain he told people trying to help him: 'Don't take me to hospital yet, I've still got to vote!'
The man - who wasn't seriously hurt - slipped on wet grass on his way to the polling station at the Salvation Army in Tolhouse Street.
The polling station off Shelfanger Road in Diss has seen a regular stream of people since it opened. At 9am there were seven people voting.
A vote leave campaigner was braving the wet weather holding a placard in the hope to persuade people to vote for Brexit.
David Young, who works at Diss museum, was one of the first there at 7am.
He said: 'I was out walking my dog and with this weather I thought why not go and vote anyway at this time.'
Polling stations will remain open until 10pm.
If you are in the queue by 10pm, you are guaranteed a vote, but the advice is to not leave it to the last minute as a high turnout is expected and you could be stuck in a queue for a while.
• You can follow the results as they come in with our live blog which will be running through the night and in our special 6am edition of tomorrow's paper