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West Midlands thunderstorms higher than expected

  • 5-11-2011

The West Midlands is experiencing more thunderstorms than expected, according to a weather expert.

John Wright, from Birmingham University's Atmospheric Research Centre, said the storms were causing more damage than usual.

In recent days several fires have been started by lightning including at a disused pub in Staffordshire, a farm in Worcestershire and a Shropshire home.

Mr Wright, a senior research assistant, predicted more stormy weather ahead.

He said: "The thundery situation is caused by atmospheric conditions from a severe upward air current.

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