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Family watch lightning strike tree

DIRECT HIT: The tree hit by lightning bursts into flames on fire on Jacqui Green’s Woodford Island property. Photo Contributed
DIRECT HIT: The tree hit by lightning bursts into flames on fire on Jacqui Green’s Woodford Island property. Photo Contributed

WHEN a lightning bolt hit a eucalyptus tree on Jacqui Green's Woodford Island property, her three children had very different reactions.

Mrs Green was tidying the toy room when the room filled with white light, accompanied by a bang that shook the house.

Her two-year-old Amelia screamed in fright and was instantly in her mother's comforting arms.

"The flash and the bang came all at once. I grabbed Amelia because she was the closest," Mrs Green said.

"My little girl just screamed because she has never seen anything like that before."

But her four-year-old son Beau thought it was the best thing ever and could not wait to go check out the tree with his grandfather.

The lightning bolt left the tree in flames as well as giving the house a good shake.

"Beau thought it was amazing, he loved it," Mrs Green said.

"He was excited to get in the truck and go check it out with pop and he took photos of the burning tree to daycare the next day."

Mrs Green said every time there was another clap of thunder, Beau would stir up his sister Amelia.

"Amelia is all right now, she was a bit unsettled that night while sleeping," Mrs Green said.

"She is really scared of storms as well now."

 

While Beau was running around excited and Amelia was scared of the lightning, Mrs Green's seven-week-old daughter Sophie slept through the whole thing.

"Sophie is a good baby to be able to have slept through that," she said.

Mrs Green said the lightning bolt startled her because it was so unexpected.

"It is the only tree standing in the area and it was pretty tall," she said.

"When it is that close and you have kids, you think lucky that tree was there.

"It was pretty exciting, but I wouldn't like it to happen again."

The tree was struck about 5.30pm and burnt for five hours until it collapsed.

"We heard a crack and it went thump," she said.

Topics:  lightning, weather

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