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‘SILENT DISCO’ LIGHTS UP THE SKIES

Matt Creighton

lightningryantriggPICTURE GALLERY: A storm that has been likened to a silent disco lit up the skies of the Isle of Wight last night (Friday), with over 100 lightning strikes a minute off the West coast.

A Met Office weather warning proved correct when a strong electrical thunderstorm cell developed off the coast of Dorset late last night before moving east.

Although the storm soon tracked north just shy of the Island, locals were given a show to remember when lightning continued to strike for over an hour near to Swanage, with flashes of light being seen in every corner of the Isle of Wight.

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Many residents have described the storm as a ‘silent disco’ – plenty of light, but little or no thunder or rain. The Island escaped the worst of the weather, but welcomes a strong breeze today to cool things down.

Matt Creighton captured our featured image in Gurnard last night, whilst Ryan Trigg caught the bolt of lightning above (left) at Totland Bay.

We’ve rounded up all the photographs sent to us from last night, which can be viewed below:

 

 

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