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Jamie Evans

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About 1,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the Eastbourne area in one hour

Some 1,000 lightning strikes illuminated the skies above Eastbourne as torrential rain and thunderstorms lashed part of the UK overnight.

Storms lit up the East Sussex seaside town for about an hour, while 42mm of rain fell further north in Lenham in Kent.

Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in other parts of south-east England. A yellow weather warning is in place for the region and East Anglia until 21:00 BST.

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Sarah Rook

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The town of Rye was also illuminated by the storms

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David Christie

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David Christie took this spectacular shot of the sea at Deal

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Bob Swan

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Further along the East Sussex coast, Hastings was also lit up

“We’ve had some heavy, thundery showers overnight,” said meteorologist Alex Burkill.

“There has been some flooding near Eastbourne and some power cuts.

“We are going to see some further heavy showers heading towards Kent, and south-east parts of the UK will see some heavy thunderstorms through the morning, while isolated ones could develop this afternoon.”

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David Christie

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A purple hue was captured over Deal’s pier

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John Smiddy Smith

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Ramsgate also saw lightning as the storms moved across the south-east of England and East Anglia

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Steve Akehurst

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Upchurch in north Kent saw impressive lightning strikes

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Jason Arthur

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Strikes criss-crossed the skies over East Anglia

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Laura Hill

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About 42mm of rain fell between Maidstone and Ashford in Kent between 23:00 and midnight

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