A powerful thunderstorm woke many Penarth residents overnight with a series of dazzling lightning bolts, accompanied by rolling thunder.
The flashes were so powerful they were seen even by people who were sound asleep and scores of people were roused from their slumbers to watch the dramatic weather
One local well-known local Penarthian, Deiniol Harries, captured the storm on video and posted parts of it on Twitter (see above) which showed some of the flashes were sheet-lightning which lit up the whole of the town almost brighter than broad daylight.
Before the storm Penarth Lifeboat launched just after 18:00 last night to go to people said to be cut off by the tide at Sully Island last night. It turned out to be a “false alarm with good intent” .