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Thunderstorms arrive in the West Midlands with lightning and flooded houses

By Jordan Reynolds | Environment | Published:

Lightning lit up the sky across parts of the West Midlands last night as thunderstorms arrived.

Heavy showers came after the lightening, and more are on the way.

WATCH this video of lightning striking over the Express & Star offices:

Lightning strikes over Express & Star HQ

The Environment Agency said further heavy showers could see more flooding in “mostly urban areas” of England between Tuesday and Friday, with some homes being affected.

Lightning struck over Quinton in the West Midlands on Tuesday night with constant forks streaking across the sky and up into the clouds. Photo: Snappersk
Lightning struck over Quinton in the West Midlands on Tuesday night with constant forks streaking across the sky and up into the clouds. Photo: Snappersk

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place for most of the UK, excluding Northern Ireland and west Scotland, until Thursday evening.

The Met Office said up to 40mm (1.6 inches) of rain could fall within an hour in parts of north east England, and up to 80mm (3.1 inches) in three hours.

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However it said that most areas are expected to remain dry, with temperatures expected to remain in the mid-30s on Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued five flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for parts of Birmingham and its surrounding districts.

Lightning struck over Quinton in the West Midlands on Tuesday night with constant forks streaking across the sky and up into the clouds. Photo: Snappersk
Lightning struck over Quinton in the West Midlands on Tuesday night with constant forks streaking across the sky and up into the clouds. Photo: Snappersk

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Where skies are clear, stargazers will have the chance to view the annual Perseid meteor shower this week.

The meteors, mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 36 miles per second (58kps) to produce a shooting stream of light in the sky.

WATCH videos sent to us of the storm across the West Midlands:

Lightning captured in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield
Lightning videoed in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield
Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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