The IPMA predicts that heavy rain in the central group - which comprises the islands of Terceira, Faial, Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa - may be accompanied by thunderstorms.

Following the bad weather, particularly in Praia da Vitória, on Terceira island, lightning struck a house in the parish of Vila Nova, causing 11 injuries, four of them serious, reports the Regional Service of Civil Protection and Firefighters of the Azores (SRPCBA).

Five of the injured were taken to the Santo Espírito Hospital on Terceira Island and six to the Praia da Vitória Health Centre.