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Extreme Weather hits Britain-

‘Mother of all thunderstorms’: UK hit by up to 20,000 lightning strikes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

‘Mother of all thunderstorms’: UK hit by up to 20,000 lightning strikes  (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The UK has been hit by up to 20,000 lightning strikes in a massive electrical storm that swept the country on Saturday night. Incredible photos and footage show stunning purple skies illuminated by intense bursts of light.

The violent thunderstorm blasted parts of southern Britain following a humid day of 27 degrees celsius temperatures. Met Office meteorologist Charlie Powell said there were somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 strikes overnight.

 

Charlie Powell@ChuckWeather

 

 

Night shift – rubbish ? and – not rubbish ?

 

Tomasz Schafernaker

@Schafernaker

 

 

Mother of all now over London. Oh boy! This UTTERLY INSANE. I’ve never seen a storm with such frequent lightning in my life I don’t think. Mostly sheet lightning and not too loud but flashes are spectacular.

Dramatic shots of the lightning strikes were shared across social media as onlookers expressed their awe at the intensity of the storm.

Andrew Lanxon Hoyle

@Batteryhq

 

 

The lighting storm over London right now is utterly INTENSE

 

MPSonthewater

@MPSonthewater

 

 

Stunning storm above right now. Viewed from the roof at Wapping. .

NPAS Benson

@NPASBenson

 

 

During the early hours of this morning we caught this lightning strike over the base

Torrential rain accompanied the thunderstorm, creating chaos for motorists. London Fire Brigade said it received more than 500 weather-related calls, most of them due to flooding.

There have also been reports of properties being struck by lightning. Firefighters attended a blaze at a house in Stanway, Essex after a lightning bolt caused its roof to go on fire. Nearly 1,000 properties were left without power across the midlands as a result of outages caused by the storm.

Meanwhile, flights from Stansted Airport have been disrupted after the fuelling system was damaged by a lightning strike. The system has now been restored but the airport says flights may still be subject to delays or cancellation.

Passengers have voiced their frustration at the lack of information being relayed to thousands of customers stranded at the airport.

 

Corinne Podger ??@corinne_podger

 

 

Hey @STN_Airport / @ryanair how about bloody well telling the THOUSANDS of people waiting for DOZENS of delayed flights what is GOING ON!!!! No announcements. cc @BBCNews

Andy Murphy@andymurphy73

 

 

@STN_Airport @Ryanair on a busy day, causing huge at checkin & security. Passengers rushed to board their flights to find that a lightning strike had taken out the fuel system & all flights are delayed. No warnings on dep. boards & you knew it.

Jawzy VII S-StarTV@djjawzy_sstartv

 

 

Been my view since 6am – All we been told is no fuel in due to fuel tank being struck by lightnight.

Thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of Wales, southern and central England through Sunday and into Monday morning, according to the Met Office. Residents are being warned that homes and businesses could be damaged by flooding and lightning strikes.

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