The storm made landfall in Lancashire in the early hours of this morning, signalling its arrival with a menacing clap of thunder at around 2am.
Many people reported being woken up by the explosive thunder, which was preceded by a blinding flash of lightning.
The storm put on an showstopping spectacle of ball lightning, which continued to charge across the sky for nearly two hours.
Kimberley, from Ashton, said: "I’ve never experienced thunder and lightning like last night's. my en suite looked like a disco!"
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Jess, from Garstang, said: "Funny how there was a huge thunderstorm last night. Almost like even the sky is livid about the whole Boris Johnson mess!"
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