Primary school evacuated after building 'struck by lightning' during storm

A primary school in Plymouth has been evacuated after a building was reportedly struck by lightning.

Firefighters were called to Mount Street Primary School just before 10am this morning.

A witness told Plymouth Live: ‘They were evacuated to the school playground and took shelter in the greenhouses… all are re-entering the building now and fire service is still on scene.’

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said that nobody is believed to have been injured.

A spokesperson said: ‘We received the call at 9.57am and two crews initially attended.

‘Crews are still in attendance to make sure there are no signs of fire.’

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It comes as the city, and much of the south west, was bit by stormy weather with heavy rain.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms from the Met Office is in place for the whole of Devon and parts of Cornwall between 9.30am and 9pm today.

It says: ‘There is a chance of heavy rain and lightning bringing some disruption.’

People were warned of potential disruption including from power cuts, with the warning saying: ‘There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or perhaps hail.’

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