Lightning kills Australian golfer
Sydney - A powerful summer storm has ripped across eastern Australia dumping large hailstones, causing minor flooding and killing one golfer in a lightning strike.
Ambulance spokesperson Louise Whatman said the 65-year-old man died and his two companions suffered serious injuries on Thursday afternoon when they were struck by a bolt of lighting at Hawks Nest north of Sydney.
The storm passed quickly but was intense, darkening afternoon skies in Sydney enough that street lights came on. Squash ball-sized hailstones pummeled down and a deluge caused drains to back up and low-level flooding in some places.
Thunderstorms are relatively common in Sydney in the early part of the Southern Hemisphere summer, which starts in December.