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& 23rd Feb-04
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The 22nd and 23rd of February will go down as two
of the most ferocious electrical storm nights that the Cooloola region
has seen. Although no human life was lost, the same can't be said for
animals and livestock.
On Monday night the first of the
thunderstorms struck at about 8:30pm. The electricity that was unleashed
in these storms was mind blowing, I personally saw CG (cloud to ground)
strikes hitting the same place as much as four times in a matter of
minutes. While traveling into Monkland, just south of Gympie my wife and
I saw a lightning bolt strike one of the trailers of a B-Double Semi as
it was heading south down the Bruce highway, it's driver was as white as
a ghost and clutching the steering wheel with his pedal to the metal.
We should never under estimate the seriousness of a thunderstorm, the safest place is within a building or a motor vehicle, avoid going out in a storm if you can at all costs, especially for 20 minutes before the storm actually arrives and 20 minutes after the storm leaves, these are the most dangerous times to be exposed to CG (cloud to ground) lightning. Ted Uebergang
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