Spectacular storm captured on camera

SPECTACULAR: This stunning image of lightning over Southend pier was captured by Echo reader KIM ADAMS during the early hours

SPECTACULAR: This stunning image of lightning over Southend pier was captured by Echo reader KIM ADAMS during the early hours

First published in News

HUGE thunderstorms brought the south Essex heatwave shuddering to a halt and wiped out power to thousands of homes.

Train lines were also affected and roads flooded after heavy showers hit the area in the early hours.

The worst of the weather affected Wickford, where 3,000 properties were left without power–some for as long as three hours.

The power cut was at about 5am, and all homes had their electricity restored by just after 8am.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Networks has restored power to customers in parts of Wickford following a storm.

“Initially about 3,000 customers were affected, but the vast majority of supplies were restored by 6.43am.

“The final 238 customers were reconnected to the electricity network at 8.10am.”

Malcolm Buckley, Tory councillor for Wickford Castledon, was among the fortunate residents who only experienced a five-minute power cut.

He said: “I don’t think it’s too unreasonable for the electricity company to take a couple of hours to reinstall the service, as once they get a team out to the scene to do the work you would expect that to takeafew hours.”

Lightning interfered with train signals near Upminster and Rainham overnight, causing 15-minute delays on c2c services in both directions until about 8am. There were further delays when a passenger was taken ill at Upminster at 8.30am, with all services suspended for 15 minutes while an ambulance was called to the scene.

However, South Essex escaped the major problems seen near Stansted, with signal problems at Sawbridgeworth lasting all day.

Meanwhile, flooding caused delays for motorists, with the Carpenter’s Arms roundabout in Rayleigh down to one lane due to the conditions.

The roundabout, which is the junction of the A1245 and A129, was flooded and only just passable from around 9.30am to 11.30am.

Ambulance crews are warning people to drive carefully on wet roads as south Essex will continue to suffer heavy rainfall over the coming days.

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5:27pm Wed 24 Jul 13

angels,around says...

Was this last night?
Was this last night? angels,around
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5:36pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Biker One says...

angels,around wrote:
Was this last night?
No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times!
.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=FP53O1z43
2k
[quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: Was this last night?[/p][/quote]No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k Biker One
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5:49pm Wed 24 Jul 13

angels,around says...

Biker One wrote:
angels,around wrote:
Was this last night?
No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times!
.
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=FP53O1z43

2k
Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/
[quote][p][bold]Biker One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: Was this last night?[/p][/quote]No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k[/p][/quote]Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/ angels,around
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5:56pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Biker One says...

angels,around wrote:
Biker One wrote:
angels,around wrote: Was this last night?
No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k
Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/
You need to copy the link and paste it into your browser, shame you missed it, it was great!
[quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biker One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: Was this last night?[/p][/quote]No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k[/p][/quote]Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/[/p][/quote]You need to copy the link and paste it into your browser, shame you missed it, it was great! Biker One
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6:04pm Wed 24 Jul 13

angels,around says...

Biker One wrote:
angels,around wrote:
Biker One wrote:
angels,around wrote: Was this last night?
No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k
Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/
You need to copy the link and paste it into your browser, shame you missed it, it was great!
Thats what i done and it didn't work. Well we are expecting another storm fri/sat so im hoping ill catch it then. I done the kiddie thing with my boys and was counting between flashes lol.
[quote][p][bold]Biker One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biker One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angels,around[/bold] wrote: Was this last night?[/p][/quote]No this was early Tuesday AM, I videod it as it happened, the Echo as usual seems to be behind the times! . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FP53O1z43 2k[/p][/quote]Ah ok, i was def kept awake with that one, my 3 year old wouldnt let me get out of bed and watch it so i missed it :( was going to stand on the roof terrace. am gutted. Couldn't watch your video, it doesnt come up :/[/p][/quote]You need to copy the link and paste it into your browser, shame you missed it, it was great![/p][/quote]Thats what i done and it didn't work. Well we are expecting another storm fri/sat so im hoping ill catch it then. I done the kiddie thing with my boys and was counting between flashes lol. angels,around
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9:44pm Wed 24 Jul 13

DutchCyclist says...

Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed it. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy.
Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed it. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy. DutchCyclist
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9:45pm Wed 24 Jul 13

DutchCyclist says...

Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed the storm. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy.
Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed the storm. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy. DutchCyclist
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8:22pm Thu 25 Jul 13

angels,around says...

DutchCyclist wrote:
Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed it. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy.
Thank you. will try it now. :)
[quote][p][bold]DutchCyclist[/bold] wrote: Good video thanks for the post and shame I missed it. To make the link work when posting it into your browser remove the space between the "com" in "youtube.c om" and remove the space in the last 4 values of "43 2k" to "432k" Enjoy.[/p][/quote]Thank you. will try it now. :) angels,around
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