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The evening sky in Schwangau, southern Germany, is illuminated by lightning during thunderstorms

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The evening sky in Schwangau, southern Germany, is illuminated by lightning during thunderstorms

TOPSHOTS Lightning brightens the night s...TOPSHOTS Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington, DC, during a rainstorm on April 20, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington D.C. during a rainstorm

Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

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Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

A flash of lighting lights up the sky above the "Baie des Anges" in Nice, southeastern France.

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A flash of lighting lights up the sky above the “Baie des Anges” in Nice, southeastern France

Lightning strikes over buildings during heavy rainfall in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, September 2, 2014.

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Lightning strikes over buildings during heavy rainfall in Kunshan, Jiangsu province. 

A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino and Luxor hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada late July 7, 2014. Monsoon storms are forecast for the the rest of the week in the Nevada and Arizona states.  The Luxor Sky Beam can be seen shining into the sky from the top of the hotel's pyramid structure.

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A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monsoon storms are forecast for the rest of the week in Nevada and neighbouring Arizona.

A streak of lightning is seen above the skyline of Nanning during a thunderstorm...A streak of lightning is seen above the skyline of Nanning during a thunderstorm in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region June 5, 2014. Picture taken June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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A streak of lightning is seen above the skyline of Nanning during a thunderstorm in Guangxi Zhuang, China

Lightning strikes during an evening thunderstorm on May 29, 2014 in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

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Lightning strikes in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti

TOPSHOTS A long exposure shows lightning...TOPSHOTS A long exposure shows lightning in the sky with reflection in the water on the floor of a building under construction during an evening thunderstorm on May 19, 2014 in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.   AFP PHOTO/Hector RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

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A thunderstorm in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, on Tuesday 

Lightning streaks across the sky of Montevideo, over the Legislative Palace -- seat of the Uruguayan Government -- during a thunderstorm early on January 10, 2014.

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Lightning streaks across the sky of Montevideo, over the Legislative Palace, seat of the government in Uruguay, during a thunderstorm

Lightning is seen above buildings during a storm in central Shanghai...Lightning is seen above buildings during a storm in central Shanghai July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Aly Song  (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Lightning is seen above buildings during a storm in central Shanghai on Wednesday evening 

Royal baby...Lightning strikes behind The London Eye in central London which is coloured red, white and blue to mark the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm yesterday to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 23, 2013. Prince William and Kate spent the night at hospital bonding with their new son who was delivered at 4.24pm on Monday weighing 8lb 6oz. See PA story WEATHER Storms. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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Lightning strikes in central London behind the London Eye, which is coloured red, white and blue to mark the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary’s Hospital on Monday 

Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas...Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay (L) and Luxor (C) casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada in the US. 

Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County, early Thursday, July 4, 2013 near Geyserville Calif.  (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County near Geyserville, California 

Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown in Chicago, Illinois. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes is expected to move into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest today.

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Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) on early Thursday morning in Chicago, Illinois. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes is expected to move into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest.

Lightning flashes during a thunderstorm over Monterrey

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Lightning flashes during a thunderstorm over Monterrey, Mexico

Lightning strikes over the wate...TOPSHOTS Lightning strikes over the waters of the Lamma Channel during a thunderstorm in Hong Kong on June 4, 2013. The Hong Kong Observatory reported some 181 "cloud-to-ground" lightning strikes over the territory between 8 and 9pm local time.    AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKSRICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images

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Lightning strikes over the water of the Lamma Channel during a thunderstorm in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening. The Hong Kong Observatory reported about 181 “cloud-to-ground” lightning strikes over the territory between 8pm and 9pm local time 

Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed earlier in the week when a tornado hit Moore, Okla., Thursday, May 23, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes on Thursday amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed when a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado tore through the town on Monday, flattening neighbourhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds of up to 200 mph. 

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Lightning flashes in the sky on Thursday in Zhuhai, China. Two people in the province of Guangdong, where Zhuhai is situated, have been killed since Saturday and heavy rainfall has left water levels waist high. 

Lightning of a thunder storm illuminates the sky over a wind energy park near Jacobsdorf, eastern Germany.

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Lightning of a thunder storm illuminates the sky over a wind energy park near Jacobsdorf, eastern Germany.