Lightning storm in the early hours of yesterday morning captured at Kings Beach, Caloundra.
Lightning storm in the early hours of yesterday morning captured at Kings Beach, Caloundra. Higgins Storms Chasing

Man gets struck by lightning and escapes with a sore toe

A SUNSHINE Coast man has been struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale.

The only evidence of the thunderous electrical discharge for the Meridan Plains man is a sore big toe and a painful left wrist.

With chances of being hit by lightning about one in 1.6 million, the 26-year-old was definitely out of luck when he was struck in the front yard of his home during Saturday night's vicious electrical storm.

He was apparently returning home after a night out and was walking from a taxi to his front door when he was struck.

A single stroke of lightning releases up to 500 million volts and a temperature of around 27,000 degrees celsius - three times hotter than the surface of the Sun.

But the man, who described the incident as a "jolt", simply went to bed after arriving home about 4am.

It was not until later yesterday morning that he called an ambulance.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the man was taken to Caloundra Hospital in a stable condition.

"The 26-year-old was getting out of taxi when he felt a jolt and he then went inside and went to sleep," he said.

"We have treated the man for small partial thickness burns to his left wrist and left great toe."

The spectacular displays of thunder and lightning continued yesterday but weather forecasters say there will be a brief lull before more action is expected on Friday.

While Brisbane experienced marble-sized hail yesterday, interrupting the Ashes Test at the Gabba, the storm "flew through" the Sunshine Coast.

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said parts of the Coast experienced gusts of up to 107km/h.

Both storms brought less than 10mm of rain to most parts of the Coast.

"From Monday through to Thursday, the days are going to be mostly sunny with tops near 30 degrees," he said.

 

Myths busted

Myth: lightning never strikes twice

Fact: Lighting often strikes the same place repeatedly especially if it is tall, isolated object

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you'll be electrocuted.

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current.

* National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration


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