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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.