LIGHTNING narrowly missed a village bungalow but completely shattered a tall tree as a freak downpour hit Solihull yesterday lunchtime (Thursday).
Thunder rumbled, and hailstones belted down but it was the lightning that inflicted the damage as the fir tree was ‘shot to pieces’ on Catherine’s Close in Catherine-de-Barnes.
One resident from the leafy village was returning to her home when she saw the lightning strike the tree.
“A huge strike of lightning blazed down and completely shot the tree to pieces,” she said. “Its remains were left all over a drive on Catherine’s Close.
“There was a terrific bang and when I spoke to my neighbour he thought that someone had been shot.
“It was very lucky that it didn’t hit the bungalow.”
Clouds had been building all across the borough before they unleashed what turned out to be a short thunderstorm shortly after 12.30pm.
As a result, phone lines were temporarily down on some roads in Catherine-de-Barnes, while minor flooding built up around the borough.