Thunderstorms in Blackpool: Autumnal start to August with heavy rain and 'terrifying' thunder and lightning
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People say they were ‘terrified’ by the extremely loud bangs at around 2:45AM – which were followed by several flashes of lightning.
Some wondered what was going on outside – wondering if it was ‘a bomb’ or ‘plane coming down’
Cheryl Brockbank said: “Never heard the like in 60 years!!”
Others had to comfort their pets, who were disturbed by the noise.
Julie Brindle said she had ‘3 shaking, panting, petrified dogs in bed’ with her, after the freak storm.
Tom Ingram said: “the lightening bolt lite up the whole sky like daylight then literally massive thunder straight after for a good few seconds.”
Some slept through the storm, and others said it was not that bad.
Nick Jones said: “It was all over in 3mins after one very loud bang and 3 or 4 flashes of lightening.”
What’s the weather forecast for Blackpool?
After a night of persistent, heavy rain, the weather will turn showery through the afternoon with a risk of thundery downpours, but some brighter interludes possible.
The weather is unseasonably cool and windy for August. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
Showers gradually easing through the evening, becoming drier overnight with some clear spells. Remaining breezy, and cooler than Tuesday night. Minimum temperature 10 °C.
After a mostly dry and bright start, showers will quickly develop through the morning, turning heavy and thundery at times. Remaining breezy with temperatures around average. Maximum temperature 20 °C.