Thunderstorm batters region

Large parts of the West Country saw a huge thunderstorm in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 23 July), complete with torrential rain for the first time in over a month.

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Full report on last night's thunder and lightning storms

Lightning has severely damaged several homes in the region after dramatic electrical storms swept across parts of the West.

Avon Fire Service says it received 40 calls in the early hours and tonight a block of flats has been evacuated while crews make the building safe after a bolt hit the chimney.

Some of the worst damage was in Wiltshire where lightning caused a major fire in a bungalow.

Robert Murphy reports:



Avon Fire Service took 40 calls during last night's storms

Heavy thunder and lightning storms across much of the service area led to more than 40 calls to Fire Control. At around 3:15am the downpour was followed by 999 calls from members of the public who had water entering their properties.

In total crews attended around 15 incidents of flooding where water was affecting the electricity supplies. Firefighters were able to help isolate the supply, ensuring the properties were safe.

The service also received around 25 calls to properties where alarms had activated as a result of the thunder and lightning.

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