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One of the hottest days of the year came to a brisk end when an overnight thunderstorm struck Sussex.

Thousands of people were woken from their slumber in the early hours of this morning when the storm approached the coast from the English Channel.

A picture from a Worthing resident appears to show Worthing Pier being struck by a bright flash of lightning - although West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it was not hit.

Elsewhere, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a property in Mile Oak Road, Portslade, was hit.

The strike caused significant damage to the property's roof, which caught fire. Fire crews were called out at 1.50am to put out the blaze.

It appears the storm wasn't just confined to Sussex. Pictures of spectacular fork lightning have been captured in the likes of Surrey, Essex and Winchester.

There is a risk of more to come as the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the whole of the county tomorrow.

A spokesman said: “Areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop on Friday night before moving during Saturday.

“The location of these is uncertain but where they do form some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.”

Foomandoonian on YouTube took this footage over Brighton and Hove:

dom_1001 sent this movie of the West Pier illuminated in the storm:

Twitter user Armand1964 sent this picture of Whitehawk:

The Argus: @brightonargus What a great Thunderstorm we had last night at the top of #Whitehawk picture proves it was awesome

Alex Lawrence took this creative snap at Brighton bandstand

The Argus: Disaster banner brightonbandstandlightning.jpg for the homepage

Were you woken by the storm? Send your pictures and videos to news@theargus.co.uk or leave your comments below.

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7:54am Fri 18 Jul 14

Bostik says...

I slept right through.
I slept right through. Bostik
  • Score: -13

8:20am Fri 18 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ? chrismilo
  • Score: -39

8:36am Fri 18 Jul 14

Broadwater Juice says...

chrismilo wrote:
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964?

You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell. Broadwater Juice
  • Score: 78

9:02am Fri 18 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964?

You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person.
By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun. chrismilo
  • Score: -55

9:15am Fri 18 Jul 14

Ash Brighton says...

I'm kinda sad and amazed that I didn't get woken up by this storm. Missed something spectacular by the looks of it.
I'm kinda sad and amazed that I didn't get woken up by this storm. Missed something spectacular by the looks of it. Ash Brighton
  • Score: 18

9:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

firemanste says...

i must lead a sad life as i love when it thunders and lightning, and always sit at my window and watch it.well done to those who took photos.i used to drive in it many years ago and was always captivated
i must lead a sad life as i love when it thunders and lightning, and always sit at my window and watch it.well done to those who took photos.i used to drive in it many years ago and was always captivated firemanste
  • Score: 31

9:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Aren't we due more tonight? I do love a good storm!
Aren't we due more tonight? I do love a good storm! Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 19

10:41am Fri 18 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964?

You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Isn't he allowed to be unmoved by that spectacular display?

Also, he merely said that the story was boring, not the lightning.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Isn't he allowed to be unmoved by that spectacular display? Also, he merely said that the story was boring, not the lightning. stevo!!
  • Score: -19

11:02am Fri 18 Jul 14

Broadwater Juice says...

chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964?

You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person.
By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often.

I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?)

It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting.
If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x Broadwater Juice
  • Score: 24

11:26am Fri 18 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

That wasn't lightening it was Chuck Norris having a smoke.
That wasn't lightening it was Chuck Norris having a smoke. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 0

11:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964?

You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person.
By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often.

I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?)

It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting.
If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?
[quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x[/p][/quote]So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like? stevo!!
  • Score: -21

11:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

Sussex Boy says...

God, these 20mph thunderstorm lanes! I blame Kitkat and Caroline Lucas for slowing down weather systems in our city and keeping us off our sleep. And don't get me started on all these Painted Lady butterflies, coming over here, living on our buddleias, taking all our meadows and forcing Meadow Browns live off Halal nectar. The city's going to the dogs!
God, these 20mph thunderstorm lanes! I blame Kitkat and Caroline Lucas for slowing down weather systems in our city and keeping us off our sleep. And don't get me started on all these Painted Lady butterflies, coming over here, living on our buddleias, taking all our meadows and forcing Meadow Browns live off Halal nectar. The city's going to the dogs! Sussex Boy
  • Score: 15

12:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Juleyanne says...

How can politics be responsible for lightning? Global Warming perhaps down to politically bad decisions. No, I really don't think anyone can pin the sleepless night on Ms Lucas, but no doubt they will try!
How can politics be responsible for lightning? Global Warming perhaps down to politically bad decisions. No, I really don't think anyone can pin the sleepless night on Ms Lucas, but no doubt they will try! Juleyanne
  • Score: -6

12:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Nelly P says...

It was spectacular - I don't care if it wasn't comparable to the Southern Alps. I saw lightning hit the ground a short distance from my house which was an amazing experience. Great photos and videos, thanks for sharing them.
It was spectacular - I don't care if it wasn't comparable to the Southern Alps. I saw lightning hit the ground a short distance from my house which was an amazing experience. Great photos and videos, thanks for sharing them. Nelly P
  • Score: 15

12:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Broadwater Juice says...

stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?
Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x[/p][/quote]So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit. Broadwater Juice
  • Score: 19

12:58pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Broadwater Juice wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?
Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.
So you want to silence those who make negative comments.

Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x[/p][/quote]So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.[/p][/quote]So you want to silence those who make negative comments. Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see. stevo!!
  • Score: -20

4:01pm Fri 18 Jul 14

djh2107 says...

stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?
Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.
So you want to silence those who make negative comments.

Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see.
One assumes, that you are the same person.. I thought the original response was perfect, and actually quite funny!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x[/p][/quote]So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.[/p][/quote]So you want to silence those who make negative comments. Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see.[/p][/quote]One assumes, that you are the same person.. I thought the original response was perfect, and actually quite funny! djh2107
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

djh2107 wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Broadwater Juice wrote:
chrismilo wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?
Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.
Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.
Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x
So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?
Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.
So you want to silence those who make negative comments.

Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see.
One assumes, that you are the same person.. I thought the original response was perfect, and actually quite funny!
goooo Stevo!
[quote][p][bold]djh2107[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwater Juice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: I'm going back to sleep now yawn yawn Argus slow News day again ?[/p][/quote]Not excited by the biggest thunderstorm since 1964? You sir, are the termination part of a bell.[/p][/quote]Wow if thats all you have in life you're a very very SAD Person. By the way i've lived in the southern Alps Regions and thunderstorms bigger Lasting sometimes days occur 3 or 4 times a week so go back to sleep. Jeremy Kyle Begins soon in the meantime read the Sun.[/p][/quote]Yes so you disprove your own point by acknowledging that we don't get such storms over here in the style of last night so often. I'm not really sure who Jeremy Kyle is, but nice to know i can come to you for a TV guide (which I guess The Sun provides?) It's more an indictment of YOU that you felt you had the desire to rain (no pun intended) on the parade of something that people find interesting. If you haven't got something nice to say, try clamming up eh? x[/p][/quote]So now you want to silence him just because he has a n opinion that you don't like?[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest. Just fed up with the negativity spewed day in / day out on these comments. perople should cheer up a bit.[/p][/quote]So you want to silence those who make negative comments. Quit wriggling.....your comment is there for all to see.[/p][/quote]One assumes, that you are the same person.. I thought the original response was perfect, and actually quite funny![/p][/quote]goooo Stevo! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Juleyanne wrote:
How can politics be responsible for lightning? Global Warming perhaps down to politically bad decisions. No, I really don't think anyone can pin the sleepless night on Ms Lucas, but no doubt they will try!
So you decided to argue against yourself.

You reckon that the con known as 'global warming' is caused by politically bad decisions whilst the lightning created due to changes in the Earth's temperature isn't.

Actually, you missed the 'joke'......everythi
ng adverse in Brighton gets blamed on the Greens, even the weather.
[quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: How can politics be responsible for lightning? Global Warming perhaps down to politically bad decisions. No, I really don't think anyone can pin the sleepless night on Ms Lucas, but no doubt they will try![/p][/quote]So you decided to argue against yourself. You reckon that the con known as 'global warming' is caused by politically bad decisions whilst the lightning created due to changes in the Earth's temperature isn't. Actually, you missed the 'joke'......everythi ng adverse in Brighton gets blamed on the Greens, even the weather. stevo!!
  • Score: -2
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