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Stunning images of a spectacular lightning storm over Norfolk

Lightning over Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 11 October 2014. Photo: Trevor Kirby

A series of thunderstorms sweeping across Norfolk have produced spectacular lightning shows and heavy downpours on Saturday evening.

Chris Grimmer sent the picture below to ITV News Anglia and commented:

"Some very surreal weather over Norwich tonight, one very impressive storm but with some very clear skies mixed in. Managed to capture a rather impressive lightning bolt with stars in the same image."

– CHRIS GRIMMER
Two sets of lightning strikes and a portion of clear sky with stars over Norwich. Credit: Chris Grimmer
Lightning pictured over St Peter Mancroft Church in the centre of Norwich. Credit: Vicki Dack

The thunderstorms produced torrential downpours and some large hail.

Hailstones more than 10mm or half an inch across were recorded in the village of Easton to the west of Norwich.

Hail covering the ground at Easton near Norwich on Saturday 11 October 2014. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Jim Rice
The storm over Breydon Water at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth. Credit: Mark Newson
A lightning strike overlooking Norwich City Hall and St Peter Mancroft Church in the city centre. Credit: Ben Gadsby-Williams
Another lightning strike taken from Kett's Hill in Norwich. Credit: Rita Leggett
Lightning on Saturday 11 October 2014, around 6:30pm in Norwich, Norfolk. Credit: Jade Copeman
Lightning near Norwich at South Walsham/Upton on Saturday 11 October 2014 Credit: Stuart Curtis
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A terrific flash of lightning captured in the centre of Norwich in All Saints Green. Credit: Graham Jones
Lightning near Norwich at South Walsham/Upton on Saturday 11 October 2014 Credit: Stuart Curtis
After the storm had passed at Swaffham, Norfolk. Credit: Steve Small
Lightning captured at 6.27pm at Hethersett near Norwich on Saturday 11 October. Credit: Tracey Fram
Another lightning strike over Norwich. Credit: Shannon Jay Rathbone

The Met Office rainfall radar captured the storms passing to the north of Norwich at about 6pm on Saturday 11 October.

The white echoes on the chart below indicate torrential downpours with rainfall rates in excess of 32 mm of rain per hour.

Met Office rainfall radar captured at 6pm on Saturday 11 October 2014 Credit: Met Office
Lightning storm over Norwich on Saturday 11 October 2014. Credit: Lydia Burton
Lightning near Norwich at South Walsham/Upton on Saturday 11 October 2014 Credit: Stuart Curtis
More lightning taken from Kett's Hill in Norwich. Credit: Rita Leggett
Another lightning strike over Norwich. Credit: Shannon Jay Rathbone

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