Thunder and lightning hits the south coast

Last night there was a heavy thunderstorm with lightning.

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Thunder and lightning hits the South Coast for the second night running

Thunder and lightning hit the South Coast again last night causing damage and some fires. More storms are predicted for later today.

West Malling Credit: Claire Griffiths
Maidstone Credit: Michelle Clark
Bexhill Credit: Ben Wren
Storms across the south last night Credit: Kirsten Bell
Peacehaven Credit: Robbie Mehr

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Berkshire schools closed as water supply cut by lightning strike

Three schools in the Caversham area of Reading were forced to close as the temperatures reached 30 degrees and their water supply was cut off.

The problem was caused when lightning hit a water tower that supplied Caversham Park Primary, Emmer Green Primary and Highdown Secondary School.

The pump was unable to replenish the water in the tower when it was drained by customers use, leaving homes with either low pressure or no water at all.

There was a power outage at the tower because of the thunderstorms," said the spokesman.

"The problem was fixed at 9.30am this morning.

"However, although the problem is fixed and water is returning to the system it depends how far along in that system people are as to when their water returns to normal."

– A spokesman for Thames Water

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