Dude narrowly avoids lightning strike, but refuses to lose his cool

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Lightning strikes just metres from protagonists in Hollywood all time (see Freaky Friday or Back To The Future) but rarely do we see real-world footage of the scary cinematic plot device.

Scottish man Kris Owens was walking home during a thunderstorm in Byron Bay, Australia, on Tuesday — recording himself lest nature strike him down.

At it almost did, when I thunderbolt came out of the sky and hit the ground right behind him.

“I was making my way home at around 2 a.m. when I was caught in the middle of an intense lightning storm,” he told Storyful.

“Thinking it would be a good idea to record my possible death for my mum, I got my phone and started to record, and captured the footage.” Read more…

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Spidering lightning and red skies are the ominous weather 2016 deserves

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If you’re superstitious about the awfulness of 2016 (see Bowie, Prince, Cohen and Trump), one Australian state’s end-of-days weather over the weekend will only seem appropriate.

Saturday evening brought a spectacular clash of red sunset skies and spidering lightning to southeast Queensland, but also some danger: A teenager was hit by lightning and a number of homes were damaged, ABC reported.

That didn’t stop locals from capturing some impressive snaps and video of the light show, which they were kind enough to share on social media. Read more…

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