Images show lightning strikes in Brighton and Sussex

Stunning images captured the drama as thousands of lightning strikes ravaged the county.

People reported seeing “continuous flashing lightning” along with “absolutely torrential” rain.

Sussex was hit by a thunderstorm around midnight which lasted until around 2am this morning.

Sam Woodward, an amateur meteorologist, observed from his home in Patcham, Brighton, and said it was “moving fast and a bit chaotic”.

The Argus: picture by Winston Broderick of Blitzen at Brighton MarinaPicture by Winston Broderick of Lightning at Brighton Marina

Harry Poulton submitted this fantastic picture taken by his friend Winston Broderick from the roof of the multi-storey car park at Brighton Marina.

He said: “The picture was taken around 12.30pm. The rain was absolutely torrential. The flash was constant, every two seconds.”

A man, known only as Andy, said he saw the lightning flashes from Brighton Racecourse and Ditchling Beacon.

The Argus: Image by Andy HGR of Lightning on the RacecoursePicture by Andy HGR of Lightning at the Racecourse

He said, “It was just a continuous, constant rumble.”

The country was said to have been struck by 36,000 lightning bolts last night.

Strong winds blew an 18ft trampoline onto rooftops in Worthing. It got stuck between two houses.

The Met Office has forecast possible thunder today while tonight should be clear.

The Argus: Another racetrack shot by Andy HGRAnother picture at the racetrack by Andy HGR

There will be showers and a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon on Tuesday. Thunderstorms are possible for the rest of the week.

Glenn Goldring, a weather enthusiast from Hove, said: “The thunderstorm started at 12.45am and lasted 30 minutes in Hove.

“In the strongest eruption, the rainfall rate was 225.8mm per hour, which is exceptionally heavy.

“My weather station recorded 10.6 mm of rain in 30 minutes.”

A yellow severe weather warning was issued on Sunday for thunderstorms that ran from 8pm to 4am today.

The Met Office warned that driving conditions could be affected by spray, squalls and/or hail.

The Argus: A trampoline caught in a squall in Worthing last nightA trampoline caught in a squall in Worthing last night

There could also be damage to buildings, possible flooding of some homes and businesses, and delays in train services, and even short-term power outages.

There were three sewage disposals across Sussex today after last night’s heavy rains.

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