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15 AUGUST 2020 - SWANSEA AND GOWER
SWANSEA AND GOWER
Cloudy with rain.
Mike Maunder at home in Bishopston when his television went off. After 15 minutes it hadn't come back on so he went to get his spare TV. He was about to plug it in when he experienced a power cut. 20 minutes after the TV had gone off, the electricity came back on and so did the TV. In the meantime, the power cut set off the alarms in the nearby Bishopston Secondary School went off and police attended. Many of his neighbours, as well as Mike had gone outside during the power outage and saw light flashes seemingly rising upwards, in a location Mike estimated as being in the area of Swansea Airport/Fairwood Common to the north. Mike commented on the local Facebook community group:
"There'd be nothing left if it came from a caravan park...they were seriously big flashes just like a big thunderstorm, must have been some huge power surges going on and not the place you'd want to be."
Many people in the area were commenting on red flashes being seen and the power on Bishopston Road was going off and on a few times.
A message from Western Power was received:
"Apologies for the disruption. Something is causing our network to trip. It is automatically resetting but our engineers are looking for the cause."
In the Sketty area of Swansea, Frankie & Nia Vaughan and their young son saw a three flashes of light, each one spaced apart by a few seconds.
"Each time the light caused a power cut for around 6 seconds. Absolutely no sound at all, managed to record one light."
Kris Prevel in Dunvant said her lights flickered a few times. She looked out of the window and saw an orange flash twice, with no sound.
"I don't think it was lightning. Odd, the light was in two different places. The lights flickered four times. No sign of anything now [10.15 PM]. She asked Steve Drewson who was in the Poundffald Pub, if he had experienced anything in Three Crosses, to which he answered in the negative. However a little later he messaged her:
"Walking back home now. Lots of orange flashes over South Gower."
Kris wondered if it was lightning coloured by the atmosphere.
Source: SUFON Files.
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