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 Lightning strikes boy in shower during severe storms in Brisbane, Australia

Sunday 11 February in Brisbane saw a severe lightning storm hit the Queensland capital. More than 265,00 lightning strikes were recorded bringing down 500 power lines and leaving 135,000 homes without power.

Emergency services were stretched to the limit answering 1000s of calls for assistance. One of these calls was to a home in Ferny Grove where a boy was shocked while taking a shower after lightning struck near his house about 6:45 pm. Queensland Ambulance said the boy was said to be conscious and breathing, but suffering from leg pain, and had been taken to the Prince Charles Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The extreme weather event also caused disruption to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast trains services due to power outages and failing radio communications.”

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night, but some homes and businesses might not have power restored until Tuesday afternoon.

Image for illustration courtesy of Pixabay.

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