Illustrated London News (20/July/1872) - Thunderstorms

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A thunderstorm, accompanied by brilliant lightning, occurred in London on Thursday evening last week, but, like all the storms which have visited the metropolis this year, it was of short duration.

Numerous despatches from the northern and midland counties say that the storm was in those, parts of the country much more severe, and lasted a longer time. At Barnsley it continued for upwards of four hours, and so much rain fell that several streets were impassable on foot for hours. The floods washed the embankment down at Cryglestone Tunnel, on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, between Barnsley and Wakefield, and stopped all trains after four o'clock. A terrific storm accompanied by a deluge of rain, passed over Bolton and the neighbourhood yesterday week doing great damage. The waterworks in course of construction by the Corporation were inundated to the depth of twenty feet. The offices of the contractors, as well as the puddle-waggons and working plant, were washed away, and the cottages of some workpeople were submerged to the bed-room windows and their furniture carried away, Sough tunnel, on the Bolton and Blackburn line, was flooded, and no trains were able to pass through after noon. The line between Bolton and Bury was also submerged to a considerable extent, and presented the appearance of a river. Several houses have been struck by lightning. South and Mid Lincolnshire was early yesterday week visited by a severe storm. Commencing at two p.m. on Thursday, it culminated at the same hour on the following morning, the thunder being terrific, and the lightning one incessant sheet of intensely-brilliant flame for many hours. At Louth a man was killed. In Dunsby Fen the farm premises of Mr. Casswell were struck and fired by lightning, a valuable stack of produce being burned. The damage to wheat and hay crops is incalculable. At Meltham, near Huddersfield, in the evening, the streets were rendered impassable by rain. Three horses were killed by lightning, and two drivers injured beyond hope of recovery. One ghastly incident is reported from Manchester, where a graveyard was submerged and many bodies were washed away.