Asda roof collapses after month’s worth of rain falls in a day with thunder and lightning

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A huge storm rolling over the north west of England caused the roof of an Asda to cave in.

Shoppers were startled when torrents of water began streaming through the supermarket’s ceiling in Rochdale.

The structural mishap came amidst thunder, lightning and hail across the region, Manchester Evening News reported.

Dale Shore, who recorded the footage, said: “It was like something out of a film. It was crazy.

“We were on one of the aisles and I heard this water. It was coming through the roof, then the next thing we knew everything was falling in.

“There were tiles falling down everywhere. It was mental.

“The security guard told us to follow him, but then a bit of the ceiling fell down and nearly hit him on the head. It just missed him.

“The tiles were falling down everywhere so the security guard put us in a back room, but then the water was seeping under the door and the boy started panicking so we just made a dash for it.

“We literally ran out of the store. I’ve never seen anything like it. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

An Asda spokesman said no injuries had been reported.

He added: “The store is closed while we make it safe for customers to return.”

A month’s worth of rain fell in Rochdale this afternoon, leaving to flooding in parts of the town.

This evening the clouds rolled south towards Manchester and Liverpool.

Twitter users in Manchester took photos of huge hailstones which had lashed down on the city.

It made way for a huge burst of rain that caused roads to turn into rivers.

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