Firefighters busy on stormy night
A bolt of lightning striking the home of a young family was among the numerous calls keeping firefighters from Shepway on their toes throughout the night of the storm.
Folkestone’s Green Watch received a stream of calls and attended five callouts, ranging from an electrical box alight to the strike itself.
The house, in Octavian Drive, Lympne, was hit amid storms which buffeted the whole area in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
One engine from Folkestone and another from Hythe attended the scene at around 2am.
Watch manager Mick Burgess said that roof tiles on the property were missing following the strike, but there were no signs of fire and the young family inside were unharmed.
Monsoon-like rain beat down over the town to accompany the roaring booms overhead, leading to flooding in Sandgate.
A crew from Green Watch had to pump flood water from a home in The Riviera at around 3.50am.
An electrical box caught fire at around 6.15am. Crews dealt with the fire and made the scene safe, while waiting for engineers.
Basements of five houses in Brockman Road, Folkestone, were reported to have suffered from flash floods on Tuesday and the Iron Fist Gym in Brunswick Road, Ashford, was also flooded.