Flash flooding brought dramatic scenes to a Fife street on Saturday evening as a prolonged period of intense thunderstorms left drains unable to cope with residents fearing their homes may be flooded.
Emergency sandbags were placed at several front doors and at the entrance to a school playground.
Thankfully, as firefighters brought in pumps and worked hard to clear drains, householders in Ceres Road, Cupar, were able to breathe a sigh of relief as the rains eased and the localised flooding subsided. The road was temporarily closed but re-opened by 10pm.
One resident said: “We were really worried because we got flooded eight years ago.”
Another resident said: “We walked across there five minutes before. I’ve never seen rain like it!”
Meanwhile, a block of flats at Abbey Park Avenue in St Andrews was struck by lightning.
Firefighters attended but no fire was found.
There were also reports of localised flooding at the Old Course – in stark contrast to the blistering heat when former US President Barack Obama visited on Friday.
The Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in south-east Scotland on Saturday morning which expired at 11pm on Saturday night.
Weather forecasters had warned that scattered heavy and thundery showers would develop in the afternoon, some accompanied by hail and thunder.
It was predicted this could lead to to some localised flooding, especially on the roads with some travel disruption possible.
The intense thunderstorms with multiple fork lightning swept through Fife between 5pm and 8pm before easing.
Showers were predicted to die away through Saturday evening into Sunday.