Thun­der­storm lights up sum­mer skies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals -

From sear­ing sun­shine to sparks of elec­tric­ity, the re­cent hot spell was briefly re­placed by down­pours and thun­der and light­ning as storms hit the area in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

Un­able to sleep be­cause of the thun­der, many grabbed cam­eras to take snaps of the storm.

The weather front caused dis­rup­tion across Kent, lead­ing to evac­u­ated homes and com­muter chaos on Tues­day morn­ing.

Scores of read­ers con­tacted the pa­per with their im­ages they had taken of the light­ning bolts which lit up the night sky.

Among them was Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent James Hen­drick, who took an amaz­ing im­age from his home in Canon Woods Way, fac­ing out to­ward the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal.

Net­work Rail se­nior tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer James was un­able to sleep at around 3am, so grabbed his cam­era to take his snap.

Am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Phe­lan McCor­mack, 17, braved the down­pour to take pho­tos of the storm in Folke­stone at around 12.30am.

The me­dia and film stu­dent, of Dol­phins Road, took his Canon 600D cam­era to the Leas to take shots of the light­ning over the sea.

“I set my cam­era to 25 sec­onds for a long ex­po­sure pho­to­graph and took pho­tos for three hours con­stantly. This was my lucky break, get­ting this photo.”

For more weather re­lated sto­ries see pages 16 and 17

Reg­u­lar photo con­trib­u­tor Linda Dodd cap­tured the forks over her home in Hill­brow Road, near Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria Park.

And pro­fes­sional snap­per Dan Des­bor­oughe you , Phe­lan’s pho­tog­ra­phy tu­tor, sent us his vivid im­ages of light­ning over Folke­stone.

Pic­ture: Dan Des­bor­ough

Elec­tri­fy­ing: Two bolts of light­ning over Folke­stone

Pic­ture: Phe­lan Mccor­mack

Over the sea from the Leas

Pic­ture: Linda Dodd

Light­ning over Hill­brow Road

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