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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 Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more