Electrical storms light up UK skies on the night of May 28, 2018. There were about 15,000 lightning strikes as storms hit parts of Wales and Central and Southern England overnight. The MET has issued a yellow warning for rain through Wednesday although it may be extended. The Met reports there is a small “chance that homes and businesses could be flooded or struck by lightning causing damage to some buildings.”
Heavy rain and flash-flooding brings parts of London and Kent to a standstill. Cars were submerged and railway lines blocked in large swaths of Kent. Parts of London also hit by flash floods include Bexleyheath, Erith, Blackfriars and Stratford. Four people were rescued from cars in Stratford. About 30 houses were flooded up to 25 inches of water in Erith, south-east London. According to the BBC, two fires in north and west London, believed to have been caused by lightning, were among the numerous calls the fire service received.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “This is only the third time we have seen a storm like this in 10 years. The average rainfall for May is 57mm however some places, including Bexley have seen 19.5mm in just six hours.”
As global climate change continues, more severe weather like this is to be expected. More severe storms occur as the global average temperature rises as more water evaporates from the oceans which then falls back down as precipitation. It behooves humanity to get off crude oil as an energy source and change to greener, renewable energies as soon as possible to help prevent more severe catastrophes.