[PICS] Thunder and Lightning Storms in Southend! Ria July 21, 2014 Landmarks & Attractions, Local News, Seaside, Southend, Southend Nightlife, Southend Pier 5 Comments You’ve no doubt heard (or have even been woken up by) the loud roars of thunder during the weekend. The flashes of lightning illuminating the room through your curtains. The rain hammering angrily upon your window for attention. The weather has certainly been gorgeous this weekend… From the lazy hot Summer days to the exciting nights where the skies have turned a livid shade of purple and blue. And all of those other cliches plaguing my mind right now in an effort to sound somewhat poetic… Let’s check out some of Southend’s most electrifying photographs from the storm! This beautiful photo was captured by Buggy Paul. He’s got absolutely loads of stunning photographs of the lightning over Southend, and you should totally check them all out! This one’s by Nick Barker, looking out over Southend seafront and watching the sky come alive. His pic even made it onto the BBC pictorial of the lightning storms across East Anglia, after he tweeted the photo to them: “the money shot taken in Southend last night in the eye of the storm!” This photo was taken by Jess Gypsy Pitchers using her phone. Amazing shot for a phone picture! Very well timed :) This photo was taken by Mike Payne (@mpayne99) AKA Regal Photography. Great local photographer, so be sure to check out his Twitter for other awesome photography! Peter Cackett took this fantastic pic (from what looks like his window?) of the lightning bolt striking down on Southend seafront. This terrifying photograph was taken by Arron Gent, with a view from the Thorpe Bay Yacht Club beach huts. The whole photograph looks like it was taken underwater on an alien planet. It looks surreal the way the boats look so lifeless, just sunken at the bottom of the ocean waiting for that spark to bring them to life á la Frankenstein lol. Creepy… Great shot from Twitter user, @jackeryyyy, whose Twitter profile doesn’t include a real name but leaves me only to assume that he’s an Alt-J fan. Which is cool. Captioned: “Southend looked cool in the storm then…” EDIT: I have since been notified that the photo is actually another one of Paul Gill’s. Ah. Thought it looked familiar! Another amazing photo from Buggy Paul. I wish I could put all of his beautiful photos of the storm up here, but it’s probably a lot easier to just link you to his LIGHTNING! photo album on Facebook. Again. Amazing photo from Rob Harrison on Twitter, even if it does look like it’s actually Buggy Paul’s photograph below but after having gone through some filters. Got a cool vignette effect going on there. Looks awesome. I told myself no more photos of the Southend storm from Buggy Paul. But this one’s just reference for the photo above, I promise! And it’s beautiful… Fantastic black and white photograph from Matthew (@MrShmup on Twitter) of lightning over Victoria Road in Southend-on-Sea. Awesome photograph by Ian Pitchman. No Photoshop, just a little exposure adjustment and amazing timing. Love it. This photo was taken by Billy Edmunds (@BillBfmv on Twitter aka BM Photography), local BMXer/snowboarder. Awesome photo by Adam Markey of the lightning striking what seems an otherwise serene seafront. You should totally check out Adam Markey’s Photography page, he’s captured some amazing photographs of Southend. This one’s from Paul “Ginger” Gill. You can check out the whole Flickr album of Paul’s storm photos. He claims that it was his first attempt at lightning photos, but, wow, does the quality suggest otherwise. Good job, mate. —– SOUTHEND STORM VIDEOS —– Published by Eddie’s Life on Jul 18, 2014 This is a video of the Lightning strikes that hit Southend This evening! Published by artytoit (AKA Paul “Ginger” Gill) on Jul 20, 2014 Videos and photos from the supercell storm and shelf cloud, coming over Southend and Westcliff, Essex, from Kent. Video on 18/7, photos during early hours 19/7/14. Published by Ian Burbidge on Jul 20, 2014 EDIT: Though the above video was published on YouTube by Ian Burbidge (who I assume is a journalist from The Echo), the footage was actually taken by Paul Gill’s wife and is part of the compilation video embedded above. Have your own photo of the Southend Storm 2014? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter and we can add it to this page!