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Incredible Time-Lapsed Video of Australian Storm With 80,000 Lightning Strikes


"An amazing amount of high based lightning."

A stunning lightning storm hit Melbourne, Australia, Sunday night making for a few awesome videos, but a rough Monday morning.

The storm that generated 80,000 lightening strikes, according to New Scientist, knocked out power South Australia and Victoria, which resulted in a cascade of traffic issues, including delayed flights. A strike also started a destructive house fire from which five people were able to safely escape.

Photographer Dave McKenzie filmed a time-lapsed video of the storm from a vantage point north of Melbourne, facing south.

"These storms generated an amazing amount of high based lightning, there were a few transformer flashes seen," he wrote.

Watch the footage:

The Bureau of Meteorology posted several images of the storm on Facebook Monday.

Here's another look at the storm filmed from the window of someone's house:

While the lightning associated with the storm, which started in the early morning hours, was very active, the meteorology department told The Guardian that precipitation only amounted to about 5mm.

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