A copied article from the SMH


Three women struck by lightning in Bowral during Saturday’s storms

  • Phoebe Moloney

Three women, all sisters aged in their 60s, have been hit by lightning in Bowral in the New South Wales Southern Highlands.

The women were sitting together on a bench in Corbett Gardens, a park just off Bowral’s main street, when they were struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon.

Two of the women have been treated for shock while the third, 61, was hospitalised for major injuries.

She has been airlifted to a Sydney hospital to be treated for severe burns, police said.

The incident occurred during the amassing of storms in eastern NSW on Saturday afternoon.

Bowral was hit with a severe storm cell at about 3pm on Saturday. The storm moved in a south-easterly direction towards Kiama.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported golf-sized hailstones in the area.

The unstable weather conditions stretched to Sydney, with severe thunderstorms hitting Sydney’s northern suburbs on Saturday afternoon.

“There have been really strong steering winds pushing the storm in, quit deep easterly winds have stretch it out all the way to the coast in some form,” Jordan Notara of the Bureau of Meteorology said. “Although we haven’t seen reports of large hailstones on Sydney’s coastal fringe.”

Author: auntyuta

Auntie, Sister. Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Mother and Wife of German Descent I've lived in Australia since 1959 together with my husband Peter. We have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I started blogging because I wanted to publish some of my childhood memories. I am blogging now also some of my other memories. I like to publish some photos too as well as a little bit of a diary from the present time. Occasionally I publish a story with a bit of fiction in it. Peter, my husband, is publishing some of his stories under berlioz1935.wordpress.com

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