Thunder storms forming off the South West coast have hit towns and cities across Devon and Cornwall.
Paul McDonnell captured this footage in Plymouth this afternoon.
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A severe weather warning comes into force from 4pm this afternoon.
A huge storm has formed over the sea off the South coast of Devon and Cornwall this lunchtime. The Met Office has issued a weather warning.Read the full story ›
The skies above Devon lit up last night as long electrical storms his the South West.
This footage was filmed above Plymouth in the early hours
The bad weather made it a New Year to remember at a National Coastwatch station in Boscastle - when the building was struck by lightning.
A hole blasted through stonework and the flagpole was ripped off the wall.
Andy Salmon, one of the Coastwatch Officers keeping watch on the day, describes the moment the lightning struck.
Andy and his watch-keeping colleague on duty both escaped without injury.
A home in Castle Combe caught fire after being struck by lightning.
The fire started when lightning struck the stables, flat and office buildings during last night's storms. No one was hurt in the incident.
People in Wiltshire are cleaning up after flash floods overnight. The county's fire service said it received more than 200 calls. Homes and businesses were affected. Roads were shut and a school near Corsham was also closed.
A lightning strike damaged a house in Melksham. And an Intercity train became stuck in deep water on the line. Ninety people were evacuated. The train is still blocking the route between Bath and Chippenham.
Station Manager Wayne Jones from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says they have had a busy night.
Overnight storms have led to yet another day of difficulty for commuters with lightning strikes meaning disruption to rail services.
A weather warning remains in place, with heavy showers and more thunderstorms expected.
On the railways, First Great Western services are affected by storms in the Bath Spa area. Lightning damaged equipment between Melksham and Chippenham in Wiltshire, with the lines between Swindon and Bath Spa/Westbury currently closed.
A shuttle train service is now in place between Chippenham and Swindon.
The Met Office says the bad weather is set to continue. Forecaster Nicola Willis says there was between 10mm and 20mm of rainfall over a four-hour period - a third of the expected monthly rainfall.
She went on: "That is quite a significant amount of rain. There have also been quite a few lightning strikes over that period."
Motorists have been warned of the risk of surface water after the heavy downpours.
A car and it's driver had to be pulled out of flood waters in Melksham this morning after Wiltshire was hit by flash floods overnight.