40,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Southern England in Intense Storms
On Sunday afternoon (23rd October), a band of intense thunderstorms developed over northern France and the English Channel, and moved quickly northwards into southern England, the Home Counties, East Anglia and southern North Sea. These storms produced over 40,000 lightning strikes and were accompanied by torrential rain, hail and severe wind gusts of 60-70mph. Wind damage was reported in numerous locations, and at least two tornadoes have been confirmed so far.
It was a busy day in the Weatherquest office as our team of forecasters worked closely with our clients in a variety of sectors. We pride ourselves in our proactiveness, and serve as an extension of our clients’ team — helping to maximise productivity while operating safely and avoiding the waste of resources.
This image is a snapshot at 16:40 BST from WQRadar, our observations platform, showcasing the rainfall radar and detected lightning at the time. Find out more about WQRadar, and how to subscribe, by visiting: https://wqradar.co.uk/