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A wet Epsom soaks.

Byline: LOUISA PILBEAM

RACEGOERS splashed out in more ways than one at a soggy Derby Day at Epsom yesterday.

Ladies in summer frocks shivered as blustery showers hit the Surrey racecourse and temperatures struggled to hit 13[bar]C (55[bar]F). Even the Queen's pink outfit couldn't cheer up the day - and things got bleaker for her when her horse Free Agent failed to win. Over at the Oval in Central London, crickets fans huddled in ponchos as rain interrupted play.

And storms hit Exeter where lightning strikes and torrential rain caused power cuts and flash flooding. Cars were stranded on the motorway in Devon, and around 2,000 homes were without power.

The Met Office said the rest of the week would also be "pretty miserable".

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Racegoers & the Queen (inset) huddle under brollies on Derby Day Hazardous... storms cause flash flooding in Exeter Over and out... rain interrupts play at the Oval
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2009
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