Storms leave homes without power in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Reading Several buildings were struck by lightning causing fire to break out

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Hundreds of homes are without power and train travel is disrupted after storms hit Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Torrential rain, thunder and lightning swept across parts of both counties in the early hours.

Scottish and Southern Energy said lightning strikes to overhead cables had knocked out power supplies to 400 homes in Reading and 144 in Oxford.

Engineers were expected to restore power to all of the affected properties by 16:00 BST.

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service said it was called to about 50 storm-related incidents shortly after 01:00.

Crews dealt with two roof fires caused by lightning strikes in Wokingham which took about three hours to put out. A property in Calcot, Reading was also hit.

Firefighters rescued a number of drivers who broke down in floods.

In Oxfordshire, three buildings in Chilton, Goring and Oxford were set on fire by lightning strikes.

No-one is believed to have been injured.

The lightning strikes overnight caused disruption for trains between Didcot Parkway and Reading after the signalling equipment was damaged.

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