The roof came off a house struck by lightning in Chelmsford
Storms have caused further disruption in parts of the UK after recent high temperatures and lightning strikes. Heathrow Airport said 17 flights had been cancelled because of the stormy weather. Several others were delayed. The roof of a house in Chelmsford collapsed after being struck by lightning overnight. No-one was hurt.
There are amber weather warnings for rain in place for most of England and Wales. There are also flood alerts.
Earlier Heathrow had warned of a strong likelihood of thunderstorms, lightning strikes and hail, which can significantly reduce capacity for take-offs and landing. Passengers have been advised to check whether their flight will be operating before travelling to the airport. Manchester Airport said an electrical surge caused by thunderstorms had caused some delays. General duty manager Gary Brown said: "It impacted on some lifts and baggage systems but most systems are now back up and running. We'll wait to see what happens this afternoon when we're expecting thunder."
Gloucester was among the cities to see lightning on Friday - more is expected in other areas
In other developments:
- Kent fire service said the first floor and roof of a house in Sittingbourne had been set alight by a lightning strike and a bungalow's roof was hit in Whitstable
- Lightning struck houses in the market village of Lenham, near Maidstone, and caused several small fires in Willesborough, near Ashford
- West Midlands fire service rescued a woman from flood water after she become trapped in her car on the A458 in Stourton. The woman was unharmed
- Twenty-seven patients on the cardiology ward at the Royal United Hospital in Bath had to be moved to other parts of the hospital after heavy rain brought down part of a ceiling.