Eurostar trains halted by lightning strike in Kent
Hundreds of Eurostar passengers suffered delays as a result of a lightning strike in Kent.
The lightning strike on Thursday evening started a fire at a building near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, causing overhead electrical power losses near Ashford.
Eurostar posted messages on Twitter saying three London-bound services and one Paris-bound train were affected.
The London-bound trains arrived at St Pancras by 01:40 GMT.
The firm initially said four trains - heading from Paris to London, Brussels to London and London to Paris - were travelling back to their points of departure.
However, in a later update the service said London-bound trains would continue to their destination.
Pierre Delalande from Eurostar said the only train that did not reach its destination was a London to Paris service.
"Customers are being offered taxis and hotels where necessary," he said.
Eurostar said it intends "to run a normal service" on Friday.
Cancellations were also in place on Southeastern trains between Ashford International and Ramsgate until the early hours.
Replacement bus services were running in both directions and a shuttle train service was available from Dover Priory to Ramsgate.
Kent Fire and Rescue said firefighters have been called to "a number of incidents" following a lightning storm in the Folkestone and Dover.
Crews have been fighting a fire in an electrical substation at the Dollands Moore Freight Depot, in Folkestone, the service said.