Massive lightning storm heading towards the UK

@garymarsh6 (14731)
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017 5:50pm CST
I have been tracking the threatened thunderstorms we are supposed to be getting. Currently it is half way over the English channel. It is massive with hundreds of ground strikes. I find this quite interesting and the web site I used allows you to look around the world to see where there are thunder and lightning storms. Currently there are storms over Texas and heading up over Lake Eerie. There are a few off the coast of North Carolina and a few sporadic ones across Pennsylvania. I love watching the lightning lighting up the sky at night. I guess it is going to be another hour or so before it reaches where we live. Do you like Thunderstorms? They always seem quite severe when I have seen them in America. The worst one I have ever come across was in Rome two years ago. I have never heard anything like it before in my life. Every evening it was the same. Sometimes with rain and sometimes without.
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
I didn't see it on the news but my husband did, and he says that East Anglia (where we live) will miss the storms. I hope so - I don't want my newly planted plants flattened. I wouldn't mind some gentle rain though.
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@xFiacre (6099)
• Ireland
29 May 17
@jabouk I could do with some gentle rain for my garden to quench the thirst of my begonias
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
@xFiacre Me too!
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Fortunately we only had the rain it veered off and headed towards Holland. They got a massive storm there around 6 this morning it was very slow moving.
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@celticeagle (121031)
• Boise, Idaho
29 May 17
I do enjoy a good storm. Thunder and lightning both. It is some great energy.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
It certainly clears the air!
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@celticeagle (121031)
• Boise, Idaho
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 ........Yes. I love the smell after a storm.
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@LadyDuck (188338)
• Switzerland
29 May 17
I like thunderstorms if they do not bring hail, this is what I always fear in summer, hailstorms.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Yes especially when the hail is the size of golf balls! Phew I have seen some like that. Imagine getting hit on the head by one of those!
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@LadyDuck (188338)
• Switzerland
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 The hail we had 4 years ago was like that. We had damages in the garden, some outside shutters were also damaged, the tiles of the roof were solid enough to resist. We were glad the car was inside the garage.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
@LadyDuck Oh that was lucky Anna.
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@DWDavis (15817)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
28 May 17
I enjoy thunderstorms. When I was very small, my grandfather and I would stand on the front porch and watch the storms. He taught me not to be afraid of them, but to enjoy the grandeur and majesty of the storm.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
I saw plenty when we were in NC in the mountains. They were magnificent.
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@DWDavis (15817)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 There is something special about a storm in the mountains. Instead of being under it, one finds oneself right in the midst of the tempest.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
@DWDavis Yes I could see it approaching from quite some distance. I loved it up there. The air was nice and clean.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27508)
• United States
4 Jun 17
It really depends on my mood and to how severe they are, but yes I have been known to enjoy thunderstorms
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
4 Jun 17
You have much wilder thunderstorms in the USA than we have here Marie.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27508)
• United States
4 Jun 17
@garymarsh6 they are quite spectacular at times and sometimes very frightening
@BettyB (4205)
• Summerville, South Carolina
29 May 17
I love watching thunderstorms at night, but only if I'm safely tucked away at home.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Yes not so nice when you are out in it!
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@BettyB (4205)
• Summerville, South Carolina
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 We usually have several in the spring, but its been a quiet one. It will wind up again in July and August.
@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
29 May 17
we have frightening electric storms on a weekly basis. Its seems that the Democratic Republic of Congo is the place in the world that has the worst electric storms. Check them
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
I don't think I will be going there any time soon!
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
30 May 17
@garymarsh6 thats a relief
@rebelann (43622)
• El Paso, Texas
28 May 17
How did you find such a site? It would be interesting to see one, it's been years since we've gotten any here .... yeah yeah, I'm knockin on wood
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Lightningmaps.org is the site. Amazing.
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@rebelann (43622)
• El Paso, Texas
29 May 17
Thank you @garymarsh6 I love watching lightening, better on video than in person though.
@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
28 May 17
Last week we had one of the most intense thunder and lightning storms I've known in a long time.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
28 May 17
They are brilliant aren't they!
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 at night, yes. Our last one was in the day time, but as so close you still experienced the lightning. I remember as kids having to count seconds to see how far away the lightning was from the thunder.
@FayeHazel (22124)
• United States
1 Jun 17
I love thunder and lightning. That website sounds fun!
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 17
Yes it is great you can track storms all over the world!
• Eugene, Oregon
30 May 17
I lived in Texas growing up and saw many thunderstorms there, some in California too, when I lived there. In western Oregon, we get very few thunderstorms.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 17
Good to live in Oregon then!
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30 May 17
i always loved a good thunderstorm until i became a parent & started worrying more about things like lightning! now i always feel more fearful
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 17
My daughter is the same she gets silly when there is a storm which frightens her kids.
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@Shiva49 (14536)
• Singapore
30 May 17
Nature's fury can kill too. It is reported lightning deaths are 100 times higher in parts of Asia and Africa compared to Europe. Even in Singapore the incidence of fatalities are higher and we are advised not to venture out in the open during those times. Isolated lightning and thunder can catch us unawares giving us a jolt of electricity even! siva
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 17
Ooh I have been in Singapore and it poured hard every afternoon. Nothing like our weather it was torrential rain.
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@snowy22315 (56066)
• United States
29 May 17
Some lightning storms are quite severe. On Saturday we had no lightning, but it did hale.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 17
OH lordy that can cause a lot of damage!
@bluesa (15231)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
29 May 17
I love thunderstorms @garymarsh6 ! Ours here set off car alarms. We sometimes get electric ones without rain too. As I said on your discussion about that CIA debacle, I hope all is fine by you. And I hope you enjoyed the thunderstorm, Gary. :)
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Although we had our rain we did not get the lightening here. It chickened out although in some parts there were around 120,000 flashes of lightening in Northern France and Southern England.
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@Kandae11 (40339)
29 May 17
No, I do not like thunderstorms - especially when the power goes out.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
We do not generally get them that bad.
• China
29 May 17
You seem to be in for a big lightning storm.I don't like lightning storms because they tend to cause extensive damage.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Best to keep inside and safe from harm!
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@jstory07 (72403)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 May 17
I hope the storm heading your way will not be that bad.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
It chickened out at the last moment and headed off to Holland.
@xFiacre (6099)
• Ireland
29 May 17
@garymarsh6 our house was hit frequently in Malawi. Once all the wiring was burnt out and while that happened the wiring showed up as blue veins in the whitewashed walls.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Oh lordy thankfully you were not hurt! expensive replacement then!
@JohnRoberts (67160)
• Los Angeles, California
29 May 17
We rarely have thunder and lightning in Southern California.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
Thats a shame!
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