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A house in Hampshire has had its roof completely caved in after being struck by lightning.

Thunderstorms are expected across England all weekend, with the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings for the whole south coast until Sunday midnight.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were at the house on Mercia Avenue in Andover, some 30 miles north of Southampton.

The service tweeted a photograph of a two-storey brick house with its roof partially destroyed as smoke blew out the top.

It is not known if anyone was hurt during the incident, which saw the road closed off as a precaution.

Storms this weekend follow a sweltering heatwave for much of the UK this week, which saw temperatures exceeding 30°C.

Firefighters from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service at the scene on Mercia Avenue in Andover where a 70-year-old woman escaped unharmed after a lightning strike severely damaged two houses. Picture date: Saturday July 24, 2021. PA Photo. The incident came as storms hit the south of England, bringing the recent heatwave to an end. See PA story WEATHER Summer. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The roof was left completely caved in after the terrifying lightning strike (Picture: PA)
Alamy Live News. 2G91Y1N Weymouth, Dorset, UK. 24th July 2021. UK Weather. Streaks of lightning fills the sky above the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset as heavy rain and thunderstorms pass through overnight as the weeklong heatwave ends with a bang. Picture Credit: Graham Hunt/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.
Streaks of lightning fill the sky above the seaside resort of Weymouth early this morning (Picture: Alamy Live News)
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Weather warnings for lightning are in place for the south coast throughout the weekend (Picture: Alamy Live News)

Parts of the country were put on alert for wildfires, while the Met Office issued its first ever extreme heat warning.

Now rain clouds have made their way in, the Met Office has warned of flooding and transport disruption in some places.

‘There’s also a risk of large hail falling in a few locations and where heavy downpours occur, up to 35 mm could fall within an hour,’ the Met Office added.

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