In pictures: Lightning storms hit UK

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Spectacular lightning storms have been seen in UK skies on Thursday night and Friday.

More than 3,000 strikes were recorded in just two hours early on Friday, and many UK people awoke to loud thunder and torrential rain.

Here are some of the images taken of the storms.

image copyrightRichard Boll
image captionThe storms arrived on UK shores from the south - and Richard Boll took this photograph of lightning striking the English Channel off Hove in Sussex.
image copyrightSophia McQue
image captionLightning also struck the sea behind Brighton Palace Pier, where Sophia McQue captured a series of images.
image copyrightAdam Sprague
image captionLightning struck numerous locations in the south of England. Adam Sprague took this picture in St Austell, Cornwall.
image copyrightDerek Liversidge
image captionThe storms moved north during the night, and Derek Liversidge captured this image at Calne in Wiltshire.
image copyrightSteven Shears
image captionSteven Shears took this picture of the skies over Crawley, West Sussex.
image copyrightChris Stretton
image captionChris Stretton captured the moment lightning struck several buildings at once in Gloucester at about 01:45 BST.
image copyright@MPSINTHESKY
image captionA Metropolitan Police helicopter took this picture as one storm approached London. The helicopter later landed to avoid the severe weather.
image copyrightJustin Stokes
image captionMany people in London took pictures of the lightning. Justin Stokes photographed this dramatic scene over Canary Wharf.
image copyrightAshley Williams
image captionAshley Williams took this picture of a lightning strike in Swansea.
image copyrightAP
image captionPlayers and fans at the Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club have been warned about the threat of thunderstorms.

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