The heaviest thunderstorms of the summer so far saw York houses being struck by lightning and flash floods on the roads.

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‘All lines are blocked’ – Lightning strike causes major disruption on rail services into York

The first storm broke shortly before 8am, with forked lightning and loud thunderclaps heralding torrential rain. Another storm moved over the city at about 9.40am.

Firefighters were called to several reports of lightning strikes on homes in the city.

The first, at 7.58am, was to a house in Carrfield. Firefighters carried out an investigation but there was no sign of fire.

The second was to a house in Nether Poppleton, at 8.14am. A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said:

  • Crews have reported that the lightning has caused damage internally and externally.

    They accessed the roof using a 9m ladder and used a hose reel as a covering jet. They assisted with trying to make the roof water tight.


A crew was called to a house in Wigginton at 9.01am.

The lightning strike caused a small fire in cables of a TV. The fire was out on the arrival of firefighters. They then investigated the area to check for other damage.


A lightning strike followed by a smell of smoke at Station Road at 9.45am saw fire crews investigating using a triple extension ladder and thermal imaging camera.

And there was a report at 9.58am of a possible lightning strike to a building in Upper Poppleton. Firefighters investigated but could see no sign of fire.

The downpours made driving treacherous on some city roads.

 
The fire service issued this advice:

And it knocked out the signals, closing the lines into York station. You can read our story about that here.