Lightning strikes Cornish lookout

The coastwatch lookout was struck by lightning which broke the door. Credit: ITV News

The bad weather made it a New Year to remember at a National Coastwatch station in Boscastle - when the building was struck by lightning.

Cables were torn out of their sockets in the Boscastle building. Credit: ITV News

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.