Home   Tenterden   News   Article

East Cross Clinic in Tenterden hit by lightning bolt

Key workers at a Kent surgery were left unable to access the building after a lightning strike caused chaos this morning.

A lightning bolt has punched a hole in the roof of the East Cross Clinic building in Tenterden following storms last night.

The East Cross Clinic in Tenterden has been hit by a lightning strike. Photo: Sue Ferguson
The East Cross Clinic in Tenterden has been hit by a lightning strike. Photo: Sue Ferguson

The strike caused a number of electronic faults, including on the door lock, which prevented access to the building.

The building is currently being used by Ivy Court Surgery, while the neighbouring surgery building undergoes reconstruction.

However, while the portacabins that are also in use still have power, many systems are still struggling.

The latest announcement from the surgery said: "Due to the lightning strike we have only one emergency phone line available and very limited computer systems.

"Please contact us only for urgent reasons today."

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the county Photo: The Met Office
A yellow weather warning has been issued for the county Photo: The Met Office

Thankfully, any patients that were already booked into the surgery today can still be seen in the portacabins.

The surgery is one of a number of victims of chaos caused by this morning's storms as a yellow weather warning remains in place for Kent.

Further east, hundreds of homes are without power across Romney Marsh after a power line came down earlier today.

In Thanet, a house has caught fire after being hit by a lightning strike.

Read more:All the latest news from Tenterden


More by this author


Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More