Published: 10:00, 18 July 2014 |
Updated: 12:27, 18 July 2014
A woman has told of the dramatic moment she was thrown from her bed during a violent lightning storm - as a man fought back flames following a separate strike.
Susannah Ford-Crush even videoed the dramatic moment the bolt indirectly struck her at her Tunbridge Wells home.
Writing on YouTube, Susannah said her frightening ordeal "started off as some natural entertainment... but I hadn't expected to be such a key participant".
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She said: "A bolt of lightning hit one of the scaffolding poles on the house next door, which was around three to four feet from where I was sitting by my open window.
"I experienced an indirect hit as an off-shoot from the main bolt on the metal scaffolding pole.
"I felt a rush of heat, was stunned by the bright light and was thrown back from my window onto my bed.
Video: Susannah shows the moment she is struck by lightning
"I've since suffered a severe headache, slight sunburn, my skin smelt smokey and of electricity, and all my bodily hair was static for hours afterwards."
The dramatic storms caused heavy rainfall and come before today's predicted heatwave.
A poster known as Jason Reeve also captured the night skies being lit up by the tremendous lightning strikes.
Video: Jason Reeve captures the drama of the thunderstorm
He took this timelapse video of the area around Tunbridge Wells.
Also capturing the moment the skies lit up over Kent was James Miller.
Filming from a Tonbridge bedroom he shows how the entire outside is momentarily brightly lit as the fork lightning touches ground.
The bolts appear to be hitting the earth in reasonably quick succession, suggesting the storm is very close.
Video: James Miller sees the skies light up in Tonbridge
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