'Red ball' of lightning destroys London roof

The impact was said to be
The impact was said to be Credit: Jim Dutton/ITV News

The roof of a house in south-west London has been badly damaged by a "big red ball of lightning" following heavy storms.

A neighbour witness described a ball of fire that was said to have caused an explosion "like a bomb going off".

Fire trucks have since arrived at the scene.
Fire trucks have since arrived at the scene. Credit: Jim Dutton/ITV News

Fire investigation teams are now at the scene, ITV News' Jim Dutton reports.

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Floods warning with heavy storms set to return

After basking in the year's hottest temperatures at the end of the week, Britain is now braced for torrential downpours and storms that could cause flash flooding across large parts of the country. The Environment Agency has warned almost every county in England and Wales is at "medium" risk of flooding, and has issued dozens of flood alerts, the majority of which are in the Midlands, South West and South East.