Coast teen has close call with lightning strike

A YOUNG Sunshine Coast girl had a close call with the frightening side of mother nature after feeling the shock of lightning just metres from where she was standing.

Kimberley Tonna, 15, was outside on her property in Pinbarren this afternoon when a storm rolled through and a lightning bolt struck less than 100m away, sending pain through her hands and body.

Kimberley ran inside and rang her parents, who were shopping in Noosa, who then rang triple zero.

Kimberley said she saw smoke coming from across the road where the lightning had struck.

Kimberly Tonna, 15, is comforted by her sister Monique after feeling the shock from a nearby lightning strike.
Kimberly Tonna, 15, is comforted by her sister Monique after feeling the shock from a nearby lightning strike. Amber Macpherson

"I was pretty scared," said Kimberley.

"I'm going to be scared of storms for the rest of my life now."

Two Queensland Ambulance Service vehicles arrived at her house at about 4pm and performed tests, but decided Kimberley did not need to be transported to hospital.

Still shaking from the incident, Kimberley said the paramedics arrived quickly but weren't too worried with her presentation.

"They just asked me lots of questions, like if I have any medical conditions and everything was fine," she said.

"Just my heart rate was a little high."

Kimberley's parents were grateful help arrived so quickly, including a nearby resident who reassured Kimberley until her parents were home.

"She's been on the phone to us to try and get here as soon as possible," father Lawrence Tonna said.

"We've just rung the ambulance and told them what's going on.

"And the neighbour came over and stayed with her until then."



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