Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Thunderstorm to Remember

What a thunderstorm to remember! I was landing an aircraft when it started and driving back into Westgate, the Thanet Way is under water and there is deep flooding in Birchington, just past the carpet shop. I can't recall a storm of this intensity in years.

A house in St Peter's was struck by a thunderbolt at the height of the storm.
The fire that followed the strike wrecked half the upstairs of the property, with torrential rain flooding into the rest of the building.

Kent Online reports taht more than 25 firefighters from the Thanet station at Broadstairs and Margate, plus the Margate retained and Westgate retained crews, tackled the flames and flooding, putting protective covering over furniture to try and lessen water damage.

Two occupants, described as elderly, were taken to hospital for treatment for shock but were not injured.

The photo of the Jet Spray in Margate's tourist heyday from the look of the harbour

10 comments:

wet man said...

I drove from work in Dover a 8 pm and the roads were like ricers with muddy water cascading along them, forked and sheet lightning which made driving in heavy rain difficult. There was the occasional car stuck on the side of the road. Still, sunny tomorrow with highs of 21.

Anonymous said...

Your 'Local Weather' side link connects to Birchington Weather Station and last Thursday it recorded 33.3mm of rain between 4 and 6pm which was quite rare. Tonight has been exceptional and Birchington has recorded 47.8mm (almost 2")so far with the bulk between 7.50 and 9pm. By the morning we could well exceed 3" in 12 hrs if we have any more heavy storm pulses coming through. The pattern for heavy intense downpours in Thanet for the past 20 years appears to be related to thunder storms coming over to us from the near continent.

tony flaig bignews said...

Your post seem very neutral these days is this anything to do with "Standards"? as in Standard Board of England.

Sorry for the off topic comment , nice photos though

Observer said...

So Anon 10.00 pm now our awful weather is all Johnny Foreigners fault is it ?

Anonymous said...

If extremes of weather are down to Global Warming and the USA and China are the biggest green-house gases emitters, then similar awful weather can be attributed to'Johnny Foreigner'. Personally, I put it down to the anger of The Gods who we have displeased in some way. My wife thinks its the Weather Fairies' fault!

Observer said...

Well I blame Michael Fish !!!

Anonymous said...

'Weather Fairies' ... brilliant!

DrMoores said...

Just in a neutral frame of mind Tony and almost too busy to keep up with my weblog between flights and council stuff!

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Jet Spray & Golden Spray both operated by Mr Pocock. Halcyon days!!

Michael Stuart said...

Mother took us to the harbour. We boarded the Golden Spray and went to the South Goodwin Lightship. We boarded and were shown around by an old salt who caught potted lobsters. The authorities later stopped these trips.