Alderney homes suffer power loss after lightning strikes
Friday 2nd November 2012, 10:00AM GMT.
LIGHTNING bolts struck two chimneys and wiped out power to half a dozen properties in Alderney yesterday morning.
The 7am storm also blew out phone lines, modems and electrical gadgets around the island.
At Essex Castle, which is set on a hill, lightning struck a brick chimney.
Tens of thousands of volts surged along cables and down into properties below.
Residents spoke of a deafening blast, sparks and a smell of burning.
Mark Barrier, a builder, said he, his partner and their animals were lucky to be uninjured after a bolt travelled down a blocked chimney and towards a cat cage on the floor.