Storms batter Kent cut as fire scare and power cuts appear across the county

PUBLISHED: 12:02 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 22 June 2017

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain, as thunderstorms batter the county

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain, as thunderstorms batter the county


Crews were called just before 11am

The glorious June sunshine has seen an abrupt end this morning as thunder and lightning echo around the county.

Power cuts have already been reported amid fears of a fire breaking out in Gravesend as the Met Office warns of heavy downpours until 1pm.

Firefighters were called to a house in Barr Road after it was reportedly struck by lightning just before 11am and smoke was seen at the property.

Gas and electric supplies were isolated from the house following the scare, but a spokesperson from KFRS confirmed no fire was found at the property when crews in two fire engines arrived at the scene.

Further west, a shed in Sittingbourne was struck in Orchard Road, causing a small fire underneath its roof at around 11.30am.

The fire was out by midday.

In Herne Bay, firefighters were called down a private road to deal with a third lightning strike in the county.

Loft space in a property in Viscount Square was reportedly left smouldering from the strike, with crews damping out the flames at 12.55pm.

Elsewhere, UK Power Networks is reporting power cuts in Ashford, Deal, Faversham, Lenham, Marden and Minster.

All of the faults were reported this morning, with hundreds of homes reportedly affected.

UKPN hopes to have power back up and running in all areas by 2.30pm

Earlier reports of power outages on the Isle of Grain have since been fixed.

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