After our long walk yesterday and both aching like jiggery, we settled down to watch some TV. The skies outside darkened dramatically then blew over. Phew we thought. Then an eerie yellow sky arrived, fork and sheet lightening followed accompanied with a high wind. Cloud burst rain fell almost immediately quickly followed by small, then medium sized hail falling at quite an acute angle.
Plants in my tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets had their petals knocked off their stems. They are now in tatters but I'll leave them be in case they can recover in the predicted warm weather in a few days time!
Herewith some photographs – some of the best didn't turn out as they were through windows and you just couldn't see properly. The first photograph half way through the storm,shows the road in our cul-de-sac. You can't see the pavement as the water was already over it and running into people's gardens.
This one is just outside the back patio doors within 10 minutes of it starting. By the end my back garden was again under 2-3 inches of rain - must surely lose my strawberries now!
Here is to the left of the back door and to the right. By now it was just a few inches away from coming in the house.
You can see on the last one, just over the step at the end, the rain in the back garden itself.
It has just started raining again so no doubt everywhere will struggle to cope again!