Lightning strike destroys roof of two houses in dramatic thunderstorm

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The roof of a scorched UK home was sent crumbling after a devastating lightning strike.

A 70-year-old woman was checked over for any injuries feared she may have sustained in a blaze caused by lightning on Saturday morning as the UK heatwave came to an end.

For homeowners in Hampshire, a fierce thunderstorm did more than just bring an end to the sun-filled heatwave that much of Britain has been basking in over the past week.

In a snap shared by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIOWFRS), semi-detached properties in Andover, Hampshire are pictured with little more than debris left for a roof.

Shared on social media by the service on Saturday at 6:28 am, the photo shows firefighters inspecting the damage from above, on a cherry picker.

A plume of smoke was captured still rising out of the house with HIWFRS shutting down the road on Mercia Avenue until they deem the property safe.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service captioned the photo on Saturday morning: "HIWFRS firefighters are on the scene in Mercia Avenue, Andover. After a house was struck by lightning. Please be advised there is a road closure in place at this incident."

A spokesman for HIWFRS later said: "Crews from Whitchurch, Amesbury, Ludgershall, Winchester, Overton, Basingstoke, and Rushmoor were called to Andover early this morning following a house struck by lightning.

"Two semi-detached houses were severely damaged in the incident. A 70-year-old female was assessed by ambulance crews on the scene but was not taken to the hospital. One Ariel Ladder Platform and two 45mm jets were used at the incident."

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The wet weather comes as the 32C heatwave ground to a halt, with an amber warning for extreme heat being lifted in England at midnight on Thursday.

The country reached its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday when 32.2C was recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London, while on Thursday a 31.1C high was recorded in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for the weekend, affecting central and southern parts of England and Wales.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southern parts over the weekend, before edging further north by Monday.

The Met Office gave a gloomy outlook, saying: “This area is likely to see frequent lightning, thundery rain and continued strong, gusty winds.

“There’s also a risk of large hail falling in a few locations and where heavy downpours occur, up to 35 mm could fall within an hour, bringing a possible risk of flooding.”

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