Leicestershire battered by storms and torrential rain
Leicestershire was battered by torrential rain and storms yesterday.
A tornado ripped through parts of the county damaging buildings and cars and tearing up trees.
Elsewhere, lightning strikes hit buildings in Leicester city centre, flash floods made roads impassable and hailstones the size of golf balls rained down.
The freak storm passed over the county in the space of a few hours – however, some areas were not affected at all.
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Firefighters responded to 190 incidents in just four hours – five times more than they normally deal with in 24 hours. Police reported three people were injured in storm-related incidents in Coalville, Loughborough and Leicester.
An insurance broker in Hinckley said they had more than 200 calls yesterday afternoon from people with damage to houses, outbuildings and cars.
The villages of Newbold Verdon and Newtown Linford were hit by the tornado.
Katie Johnson, of Aikman Avenue, Leicester, sent in some pictures. She said: "Cars are carrying on driving through Aikman Avenue/Crawford Close corner even though the water was nearly knee deep."
She also witnessed hail the size of golf balls on the grass and rubbish floating down Aikman Avenue.
Emma Barnes, Burbage, took a video of the giant hailstones falling in Leicestershire. Hinckley and the surrounding area was reported to be badly affected by the "golf-ball sized" hailstones.
Adam Taylor, of Colby Drive area of Thurmaston, said: "Hail stones were ‘pinging’ off of window frames and sills like ricocheting bullets. It was so loud and dramatic I ventured out seconds after the hailstorm passed to witness the size of the hailstones.
They varied in size with some being the size of plums & large maltesers and varying much in shape."
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Amy Shore's video was shot in Thurlaston, Leicestershire. She said: "It was just a bit of thunder and lightning to start off with but then this wave of hail, rain and debris just hit. It was incredible to watch! Possible tornado?"
David Watts, of the Faculty of Technology, at De Montfort University, was at work when lightning struck during the storm. He said: "I swear it was way more intense but I suppose the camera never lies. You can hear sparks in the office just before the main bolt hits."
Neil Booton, of Melton Mowbray, took this video of the storm pelting his car, and has counted up to seven dents in the body work. He said: "The noise was immense."
Adam Taylor, of Thurmaston, captures footage of the hailstorm and sent in these stunning videos.
This video shows flooding in Loughborough which was hit by the storms earlier in the day.
And here's a selection of some of the videos uploaded to Youtube following the freak June weather in Leicestershire including some stunning time-lapse footage from a Stoneygate bedroom window(watch it through to the end - it's well worth it), hailstones crashing onto a greenhouse roof and lightning striking four times in quick succcession.
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