Homes left without power and traffic lights fail as thunderstorm hits city
LIGHTNING strikes knocked out power across Lincoln during a dramatic thunderstorm.
Homes, traffic lights and car parks were affected as thunder clapped, lightning struck and the rain poured on Sunday night.
Energy supplier Eon said 143 customers were affected by power cuts in the Lincoln area, which largely only lasted a few minutes.
According to Echo reader and motorsport photographer Daniel Overton, 23, it came after a lightning bolt struck just metres from Lincoln Cathedral.
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He snapped the strike from the grandstand in Carholme Road and told the Echo he watched as the city was plunged into darkness.
Mr Overton said: "We'd been sat there for about half an hour then there was a big flash.
"We were looking at the hill and it just went dark. All around the cathedral was pitch black. It was quite a sight to see."
Dean's Verger John Campbell said: "That strike was at exactly 9.03pm and we know that because one of the clocks stopped. That's the only damage we suffered.
"The power went out for about three minutes. It tested our emergency lights which kicked in well."
Lincolnshire Police spokesman Dick Holmes said police received reports of traffic light failure at St Marks Street and Dixon Street.
He said: "Traffic lights were the main problem in Lincoln but it was at a time of night when it's not very busy so there were no accidents or problems on the roads caused by it.
The City of Lincoln Council received 93 calls, many of which were from its Lincare system, where vulnerable residents can pull a cord in case of emergency.
The council also provided sandbags for residents in Boultham Park Avenue to stem flash flooding.
Peter Hodges, team leader at the NCP car park in Brayford Street, said: "All the power went down until about 9.30am.
"Residents had a lot of trouble getting in and out.
"It blew all the power switches and the main computer so we couldn't get any figures either.
"There must have been a lightning strike pretty close by because even all the safety switches went down."
The power cut is also thought to have affected Bassingham, Heckington, Washingborough and Welton among other ares around the city.
Bassingham Parish Council clerk Helen Ash said: "I was prepared for a thunderstorm and for the power to go off but unless it went off later in the night, I didn't have a power cut.
"At one time there only had to be a clap of thunder and the power went off.
"We're always a bit nervous here. There was a man killed by lightning in the 1930s and in 1904 a four-year-old boy was killed as he sat in a farm house in the middle of the village.
"Then, some time in the 1970s, the Chapel House was struck and then only about four years ago a house was struck in Badgers Oak."
In Heckington, near Sleaford, residents were in the dark for about 45 minutes.