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Glossop stunned as extreme storm takes over
Wednesday 14th September 2016 @ 10:15 by Adam Higgins

A clean-up operation is still ongoing as Glossop comes to terms with Tuesday night’s unexpected and extreme lightning storm.

After one of the hottest September days on record, with temperatures peaking at 30 degrees, the town was plunged into darkness at around 6pm ahead of a three-hour deluge of torrential downpours, thunder and extraordinary flashes of lightning.

Flood warnings were issued as the freak force of nature brought the area to a standstill – causing chaos on the roads, leaving people stranded, and others stationed in their homes and workplaces.

And many local businesses are still assessing the damage in the aftermath of one of the worst lightning storms in years.

Although Glossop wasn’t badly affected in comparison to Tameside and Greater Manchester, there was still severe travel disruption across Glossopdale.

Buses and trains out of Glossop were delayed, petrol stations were temporarily out of action as a result of electrical faults, and drains were unable to cope with the sheer volume of water, which created dangerous driving conditions.

Two grids popped out of the ground between Hadfield and Woolley Bridge from the pressure of the severe rain, and the bridge at the bottom of New Road in Tintwistle was flooded.

While this morning (Wednesday), motorists faced further severe delays as one side of the road near the Woolley Bridge roundabout was coned off for several hours after a small hole emerged in the middle of the road.

Although police and fire services in Derbyshire received no weather-related callouts, fire crews in Greater Manchester reported “high numbers” of 999 calls made after the storms hit.

Read the story on the front page of this week’s Glossop Chronicle, out tomorrow.

Here are some of your photos of the storm from across Glossopdale…


Streak of lightning: From Whitfield in Glossop, taken by Rachel Logan (below)

Lightning from Whitfield






















Extraordinary: Lightning from Cottage Lane in Gamesley, taken by Andrea Ford (below)

Lightning in Gamesley
























In a flash: A spectacular strike of lightning in the Hadfield sky, taken by wedding photographer Andy Owen outside his Kiln Lane home (below)