'Lightning strike' leaves 8,000 Berkshire homes cut off
A lightning strike is believed to have caused a power cut which left 8,000 homes without electricity in Berkshire.
The blackout affected properties around junction 12 of the M4 in Theale and Tilehurst earlier.
A spokeswoman for Southern Electric said engineers had managed to quickly re-route supplies to all but 800 homes.
The firm said the remaining properties were reconnected by 1900 BST. The spokeswoman said it is thought a power line was hit by the lightning strike.