Friday, June 29, 2012

153 lightning strikes a minute and hailstones the size of GOLF BALLS as superstorm hits Midlands and sweeps

They were fainting in the heat at Wimbledon yesterday. But in the Midlands enough ice fell to keep the whole of London cool.

In a dramatic demonstration of our mad weather, large swathes of northern and central Britain were hammered by rolling storms while the South sweltered during one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Hailstones as big as golf balls pummelled parts of Leicestershire after black thunderclouds descended. Residents reported cars being dented and damaged by the ice, some even smashing windows.

Torrential storms also left hundreds of homes flooded and motorists having to be rescued from their vehicles.

At the storm’s peak, 153 lightning strikes were being recorded every minute.

In Shropshire, a 66-year-old retired schoolteacher was swept to his death when a normally gentle brook burst its banks after two hours of torrential rain causing a flash flood. Read More