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Weather: Heavy showers TOMORROW NIGHT

Credit: Met Office

Warning in place: 7pm Friday - Midday Saturday

Isolated heavy, and possibly severe, thunderstorms are expected to develop on Friday evening.

These are likely to become more frequent later and spread northwards towards southern Scotland.

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

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

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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

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

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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