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Homes without power after storms

Hundreds of homes in Cornwall were left without power on Saturday morning after heavy rain and thunderstorms struck the county.

Up to 20mm of rain fell in just a few hours in the southern tip of Cornwall, causing flooding in areas including Penryn, Truro, Falmouth and St Just in Roseland.

The region was also hit with lightning which started at between 5am and 6am and continued until 10am.

Much of Britain enjoyed bright sunshine during the day, with temperatures reaching an average of 15.3 degrees Celsius by 5pm.

Nick Prebble, a meteorologist for MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said Cornwall's rain had been the worst in the UK. He said: "Overnight there was an area of heavy showers and thunder in the English Channel. This gradually moved overnight, slightly clipping the south and south western edge of Cornwall.

"At around five or six in the morning, we saw the first lightning strikes in Cornwall. Frequent thunderstorms and heavy showers continued for a few hours, clearing by 10am. We saw 20mm of rain fall over the same area in just a few hours. Generally, it has been quite a nice day across much of the UK. The East Midlands and East Anglia were quite cloudy and there have been a couple of showers in Scotland but not like those in Cornwall."

Homes were left without power from around 7am, a spokesman for Western Power Distribution said.

Dave Crocker, from the company, said: "We had just under 1,800 customers affected today. Our first incident occurred at 7.08 in the morning and things were hectic from then until just before 11am. The incidents were in the south western coast of Cornwall, in areas such as Falmouth, Penryn and Helston. We have only had a few incidents since then. We have just one fault remaining, affecting 32 customers."

A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service added: "From 7am we began to receive weather related incidents in Penryn, Truro, Falmouth and St Just in Roseland areas. Falmouth crews attended Truro Hill in Penryn and used small gear to assist with flooding. We also mobilised to automatic fire alarms in the Falmouth area.

"St Mawes crews were mobilised to St Just in Roseland to assist with general flooding. At 8.58am the majority of appliances were returning to their home stations and the volume of calls was reducing."


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