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Lightning strikes two homes in Suffolk with more thunderstorms and torrential downpours

Lightning in Norwich in the early hours of Wednesday 19 June 2019. Credit: Thomas Dohlman

Two homes have been hit by lightning in Suffolk after thunderstorms across the Anglia region brought further torrential downpours.

A lightning strike on a bungalow in Shotley near Ipswich destroyed the roof and sparked a fire.

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Four fire engines including an aerial platform were called to the scene in Queensway at 1.30am on Wednesday.

What remains of the roof. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Fire Service were also called to a house struck by lightning in Tuddenham St Martin north of Ipswich.

Two fire appliances attended but there was no fire, only steam in the loft.

The thunderstorms brought more torrential downpours across the Anglia region on top of what has already been record levels of June rainfall in some areas.

Weybourne in Norfolk was the wettest place in the UK overnight with 17 mm of rain, which is normally the amount that falls in ten days in June.

Heavy rain has brought flooding to parts of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Rainfall in the Anglia region in the 14 hours to 8am on Wednesday 19 June

  • 17.4 mm in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 13.0 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 10.8 mm in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 8.2 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 7.6 mm at Houghton Hall in Norfolk
  • 7.0 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 5.8 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Area covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in force until 9pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019. Credit: Met Office

A Met Office yellow weather warning remains in force until 9pm on Wednesday for the risk of further thunderstorms and torrential downpours.

The Met Office says: "Thunderstorms may develop bringing torrential rain, hail and lightning to a few places, with potential disruption to travel and flooding."

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