DEVASTATING storms have hit areas across the UK with hail stones the size of golf balls raining down on worried Britons
Heavy thunder has been sounded overhead in many parts while lightning continues to break through the dark skies.
Photos of the weather have been uploaded online showing the freak weather across the skies of Birmingham.
Others in Colchester, Essex reported their televisions going suddenly blank.
A rugby match between Leicester and Harlequins was called to an early finish while another match in Northampton was suspended.
Dagenham and Redbridge’s home football match at Scunthorpe was suspended because of the bad weather also.
Now motorists are being caught up in football traffic as huge amounts of water fell on Britain’s road network.
Elsewhere Cheltenham racecourse was hit with large lightning strikes earlier this afternoon.
Two homes and a church caught fire from the strikes around lunchtime today
The Met Office has issued an amber warning tomorrow as severe weather is set to sweep across the country, saying: “More heavy rain will spread east across the area on Sunday. Given the current disruption on the Somerset Levels, the public should be prepared for further flooding.”
Firefighters battle a marina fire in the frigid temperatures early Saturday.
A boat owner docked at Big Ridge Yacht Club called 911 reporting his boat was on fire at the club on Hixson Marina Road. The boat owner tells Dallas Bay Volunteer firefighters he woke up to smoke in the boat cabin. He says he found the smoke coming from an electrical box in the closet. The owner then says he left the boat to get a fire extinguisher and returned to find the boat fully involved with fire. The boat owner says he immediately released his boat from the dock so the entire dock would not catch fire. Unfortunately, when he cut his boat loose from the dock, his boat traveled close to another boat and it caught fire.
That’s when Dallas Bay Volunteer Firefighters arrived on the scene.Dallas Bay VFD Chief Markus Fritts, requested the Hamilton County Hazmat Team to responded to assist with containing oil and gas fluids on the water.
Damages to the two boats are listed at $80,000. Firefighters say electrical problems in the boat seem to be the cause of the fire.