House struck by lightning as thunderstorms batter St Helens

St Helens Star: The electrical storms – accompanied by torrential rain – saw fork lightning (similar to that in this general image above) crash down over parts of the town and blasts of thunder The electrical storms – accompanied by torrential rain – saw fork lightning (similar to that in this general image above) crash down over parts of the town and blasts of thunder

HOUSES were damaged after lightning struck as thunderstorms battered St Helens on Tuesday evening.

The electrical storms – accompanied by torrential rain – saw fork lightning crash down over parts of the town and blasts of thunder.

The storm broke out shortly after 7pm and lasted for more than half an hour.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had been called out to  semi-detached house in Cumberland Avenue, Portico, which had been struck by lightning.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “It had been struck by lightning, causing a small fire in the upstairs bedroom.

“The occupiers had put out the fire prior to calling us but we still went around to carry out a safety inspection and advised for checks to be made by the utility companies and a structural engineer.”

Meanwhile, lightning set off alarms in several town centre businesses.

Such was the intensity of the storms over the town centre that outgoing mayor Andy Bowden – who was entertaining guests in St Helens Town Hall – turned to Twitter to suggest the building may have been struck by a bolt.

Other St Helens residents also commented on the weather via the blogging site, with one joking that it seemed as though the “War of the Worlds was happening over St Helens”.

Another added: “What a thunderstorm we are having in St Helens at the moment! Not had one like this for years. Keep getting blinded and deafened.”

Others wrote: “Wow. Amazing storm over St Helens. Loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.”

Was your home or business struck? Did you get any pictures of the thunderstorms? Email akilmurray@sthelensstar.co.uk

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9:36pm Tue 10 Jun 14

muffin68 says...

Us Ladies at Sutton Running Club didnt let it stop us we still carried on with our 4.3mile run very wet but so good fun!
Us Ladies at Sutton Running Club didnt let it stop us we still carried on with our 4.3mile run very wet but so good fun! muffin68
  • Score: 12

7:39am Wed 11 Jun 14

Tony Starks Cleaner says...

It killed my telly, I live in the town centre, and din't mange to get the telly unplugged in time, when I realsied how close the storm was :(
It killed my telly, I live in the town centre, and din't mange to get the telly unplugged in time, when I realsied how close the storm was :( Tony Starks Cleaner
  • Score: 5

7:55am Wed 11 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

muffin68 wrote:
Us Ladies at Sutton Running Club didnt let it stop us we still carried on with our 4.3mile run very wet but so good fun!
Total dedication - love it !!
[quote][p][bold]muffin68[/bold] wrote: Us Ladies at Sutton Running Club didnt let it stop us we still carried on with our 4.3mile run very wet but so good fun![/p][/quote]Total dedication - love it !! barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

7:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

ste64 says...

We had the biggest hailstones I've ever seen in Newton le Willows
We had the biggest hailstones I've ever seen in Newton le Willows ste64
  • Score: 4

11:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

lee_holland says...

A small fire fire sounds pretty serious. Far more deadly than a fire made of water or milk.
A small fire fire sounds pretty serious. Far more deadly than a fire made of water or milk. lee_holland
  • Score: -5

12:57pm Wed 11 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

I blame Rimmer & Grunewald.
I blame Rimmer & Grunewald. kjd161
  • Score: -1

2:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

KAA says...

Ive had no freeview channels on my tv since the storm, not sure wot to do about it. It was the worst thunder storm I have ever seen in this country
Ive had no freeview channels on my tv since the storm, not sure wot to do about it. It was the worst thunder storm I have ever seen in this country KAA
  • Score: 2

8:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

//GSN//~Angel says...

KAA wrote:
Ive had no freeview channels on my tv since the storm, not sure wot to do about it. It was the worst thunder storm I have ever seen in this country
Re scan the free view, easy as. And as for the worse storm, you must be about 10 year's old. Really you have never been through the worst storm.
[quote][p][bold]KAA[/bold] wrote: Ive had no freeview channels on my tv since the storm, not sure wot to do about it. It was the worst thunder storm I have ever seen in this country[/p][/quote]Re scan the free view, easy as. And as for the worse storm, you must be about 10 year's old. Really you have never been through the worst storm. //GSN//~Angel
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Wed 11 Jun 14

norm says...

About 20 years ago a thunderbolt hit a poplar tree on our estate and it literally sounded like a bomb going off - everyone ran into the street as we all thought there had been a gas explosion.
About 20 years ago a thunderbolt hit a poplar tree on our estate and it literally sounded like a bomb going off - everyone ran into the street as we all thought there had been a gas explosion. norm
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

Did someone suggest a bolt of lightning hit the Town Hall?
Maybe God is on the side of us "complainers, moaners and negativity experts" after all!
Did someone suggest a bolt of lightning hit the Town Hall? Maybe God is on the side of us "complainers, moaners and negativity experts" after all! Hughwithaview
  • Score: -3

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