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Lightning hits house in Thursby

More thunderstorms are expected to hit the UK this week. Credit: PA

A lightning strike has blown a hole in the roof of a house in Thursby, near Carlisle.

Emergency services responded to the incident at 4.45am after the occupants were woken by a large bang and all of the house doors being blown open.

The lightning bolt struck the roof and travelled throughout the house, burning the electrics and damaging plug sockets and the fuse board.

All of the plug sockets in the house were damaged by the blast. Credit: ITV Border

The strike occurred following a yellow weather warning from the Met Office yesterday, which continued into this morning.

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Many homes in rural areas surrounding Penrith, Keswick and Carlisle were also left without power following the stormy weather.

With more thunderstorms on the way, the met office are encouraging people to stay safe by unplugging any non-essential electrical appliances.

Footage from Laura Reynolds, Sedbergh, Cumbria.

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