A man had a narrow escape today after a lightning bolt surged through his body as he watched television in bed.
David Reilly was in bed when the lightning strike hit his house at Castlehill Gardens in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, yesterday.
The storm blew the slates off the roof, wrecked upstairs ceilings, and tore electrical sockets and two televisions off the walls.
He was treated in hospital for burns to his hands and foot and he said the staff said his injuries were probably caused by the lightning passing through his body.
The storm struck as Mr Reilly was watching television in bed.
He said he heard a loud bang, like a bomb, and then everything “came in round” him and it “went pitch black“.
A fire broke out in his seven-year-old daughter’s bedroom but fortunately she and his wife were in England visting relatives.
Meanwhile, roads were blocked throughout the North as trees were felled by storm force winds.
Around 8,000 homes were without electricity in the Dungannon, Magherafelt and Ards Peninsula areas.
Winds of almost 80mph have been recorded on the Co Antrim and Co Down coasts.
Police have urged motorists to drive slowly and allow extra time for their journeys.