The two biggest storms to hit Essex in years swept through the county last night, with spectacular results.
Essex Fire Service has confirmed that they were not called out to any lightning related incidents overnight.
Experts from Essex Weather Centre have confirmed the storm was a 'Super Cell', most likely seen in the US, and the biggest and most spectacular storm to hit Essex in years.
Tom Defty, from the centre, said: “We won’t be seeing a storm like that for another five or ten years.”
Our readers were on hand to capture some impressive images...
Lightning over Southend seafront by Adam Markey
John Drummond captures the storm in Wickford
Storm over Southend by Paul F
Tanya Bubsy got this image in Long Riding, Basildon
Bonnie Blackburn submitted this picture
Allan Dobbs' picture of the storm over Basildon
Donna Staples captured this in Basildon
Steve Ellis took this shot of Runwell
And... the calm before the storm in Laindon by Gary Williamson