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Your pictures of last night's lightning storm.

More of your pictures. Wow!

Seaham. Credit: Sophie Burn
Denton Burn, Newcastle. Credit: Dean Boulton
Craghead, County Durham. Credit: Scott Dodds
Bishop Auckland. Credit: Heather Towers
Blyth. Credit: Serena Priestner
Dudley, North Tyneside. Credit: Sean Harrison
West Denton, Newcastle. Credit: Kerry McGuinness
Washington. Credit: Stephen Trotter
Ushaw Moor, County Durham. Credit: Claire Martin
South Shields. Credit: Hope Swan
Lemington, Newcastle. Credit: Colleen Murphy
Thornaby, Teesside. Credit: Mal Coulthard
Incredible sky. Credit: Gemma Thompson
Bensham Gateshead. Credit: Calvin Lees
Spectacular night sky. Credit: Heather Walker

Region battered by hailstones the size of golf balls

Many of you have also been sending us pictures of the giant hailstones which battered the region.

Here is a selection:

This one landed in Durham. Credit: Jessika Louise Morgan
Large hailstones in Ravensworth, Richmond. Credit: Nadine Louise Stacey
A picture posted on our Facebook page. Credit: Bernadette Crooks
Bishop Auckland. Credit: Bernadette Crooks
Hailstones in Highfield. Credit: Victoria Hunter
This one was posted on our Facebook page. Credit: Robson Field

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Your photos of last night's lightning storms

You have been sending us lots of photos of last night's storms as they raged across the North East. Here is a selection:

Prudhoe, Northumberland, at 1am. Credit: Gareth Harrison
The sky above Gateshead. Credit: Kayleigh Slipper
Riverside Crescent, Blaydon. Credit: Louise McGrouther
Chapel House, Newcastle. Credit: Les Hopkinson
Prudhoe. Credit: Michael Grant
Newburn, Newcastle. Credit: Andy Hardisty

You can send us your snaps by emailing Pam&Ian@itv.com. Or share on our Facebook page.

Storms cause power cuts to 60,000 homes

Last night's storm above Blaydon, Tyneside. Credit: Louise McGrouther

Northern Powergrid has updated its figures for the number of homes affected by power cuts during last night's storms.

60,000 homes lost their electricity supplies across Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland.

Engineers worked through the night, and by 8am Thursday power had been restored to 58,000 properties.

The remaining 2,000 are expected to have supplies restored today.

Last night's storm in pictures

Some of you have been sending us your pictures of last night's storm.

Here are some of the more dramatic:

Shiney Row, Wearside. Credit: Christopher Holmes
The sky above the North East last night. Credit: David Goodhall
Hailstones the size of tomato in Tow Law, County Durham. Credit: Jody Willis
More large hailstones in Pelton Lane Ends. Credit: Rob & Sheila Anderson

Keep sending your pictures and videos to pam&ian@itv.com or share them on our Facebook page.

Power cuts and storm damage after extreme weather hits the region

The scene at a house in Ferryhill in County Durham, after lightning struck the roof Credit: Courtesy of The Northern Echo

Around 40,000 homes across the region suffered power cuts during the dramatic storms that hit the region.

Northern Powergrid engineers worked late into the night to restore power, as the bad weather continued in some areas.

There were a number of fires caused by lightning strikes. The roof of a house in Ferryhill was completely destroyed. Durham Fire and Rescue say there was no-one in the property at the time.

A tree hit by lightning at Leeholme near Coundon in County Durham Credit: Keith Taylor

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Weather: Thundery showers TODAY

Credit: Met Office

Isolated heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon across parts of Northern England and Southern Scotland.

Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards.

Visit the Met Office Warning page here

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