No major damage reported but people have captured some stunning pictures and video from Friday night’s storm
North Devon was treated to a stunning display of lightning last night (Friday) as a massive thunderstorm passed over the region.
This stunning picture of lightning over Seafield House at Westward Ho! was taken by Andy Davey of Andy Davey Photography.
The video by Austin Wallas shows a pyrotechnic display over Barnstaple, while the Miller from Hele Mill - David Jones - captured some stunning displays of electricity over Ilfracombe.
A telegraph pole was struck by lightning in Hartland. Fire crews from Hartland and Torrington attended at about 2.20am and used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the flames. The BT phone box attached to the pole was destroyed.
Gazette reader Cynthia Snowden, aged 87, from Northam, was one of many who watched the spectacular storm.
“I cannot remember, in my 87 years, lightning in this country as I experienced after 2.30 this morning when I was awakened by vivid flashes,” she said.
“At one point my house shook – I thought it had been hit by a bomb – it was frightening.”
Some more thunder is possible tomorrow (Sunday) with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for heavy rain and possible disruption through Sunday and into Monday.
Sudden flooding could be possible in some areas, although the Met Office says because thunderstorms are very hit and miss, other areas could see very little disruption.
The warning is in place until lunchtime on Monday.