Lightning strike damages Henley building

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This photo was taken over Ettington by Heather Walker.

AN office building in Henley was damaged after being struck by lightning in the early hours of this morning.

It was among five buildings struck in Warwickshire including two in Leamington, one in Kenilworth, and one in the north of the county in Nuneaton.

The premises in Henley in Arden has been left with smoke damage on the second floor.

Appliances from Leamington Spa, Stratford, Henley in Arden, Kenilworth, Southam and Nuneaton attended these incidents. The 1st calls were received at 2.07am.

Thunderstorms and torrential rain swept across parts of southern and central Britain, with lightning flashing across the sky.

Photo taken in Stratford by Dan Friar.

Around 15,000 lightning strikes were recorded in four hours on Saturday night, BBC Weather said.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and flooding across Wales and most of England.

Later in the morning, storms brought more than an inch of rain to parts of Wales and the Midlands in just an hour.

Western Power Distribution said nearly 1,000 properties had been left without power across the Midlands, with the majority of outages down to lightning.

A cluster of 17 flood alerts were issued for parts of the Thames Valley, while West Midlands and Bedfordshire fire services warned motorists of the risks of driving on flood-hit roads.

Parts of Wales and central and southern England could see further thunderstorms on bank holiday Monday, with the Met Office warning of the possibility of power cuts and delays to trains and buses.

Many people got out their cameras to photograph and video Saturday night’s electrical storm, which was called “utterly insane” and “like being under a strobe light”.