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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

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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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