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Northern Powergrid says electricity has now been restored to more than five hundred homes across the North East.
Lightning strikes and rain affected nearly seven hundred homes overnight.
More than a hundred properties are being reconnected in Darlington this afternoon.
A further 62 homes in Morpeth are expected to have power restored at around 7pm.
Thundery rain clearing away to the north first thing on Saturday.
Another fine and dry day to follow with sunny spells developing, and again it will be very warm.
Maximum Temperature 24°C.
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With large amounts of energy again available in this atmosphere storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and large hail.
30 mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 50 mm possible in 3 hours very locally.
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.