Mandatory Credit: Photo by Renee Doyle/Solent News/REX/Shutterstock (7642817a)
A dramatic lightning storm illuminates the sea as a series of bolts strike the water and hit high-rise buildings lining the coast. The storm raged for 30 minutes, as bolts of electricity ripped through the sky and torrential rain fell.
A Dramatic Storm in Queensland, Australia - 19 Dec 2016
A dramatic lightning storm illuminates the sea as a series of bolts strike the water and hit high-rise buildings lining the coast.
The storm raged for 30 minutes, as bolts of electricity ripped through the sky and torrential rain fell.

Photographer Renee Doyle was woken at around 4.30am by the ferocious storm and was able to capture the lightning from her balcony on the 34th floor of a block in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

The storm lasted about 30 minutes and was right above her building, and Renee was forced back indoors as the lightning struck a building close by, then hit the antenna of a 322 metre-tall skyscraper called Q1.
She said: "I was awoken by loud thunder and flashes of lightning at around 4.30am. The sound was incredible and the flashes of light so bright I found myself having to get out of bed to watch the storm. It was directly over us. As I got out of bed a bolt of lightning struck just outside our apartment. I quickly set up and was able to capture a few frames of the lightning bolts striking the water."

Renee Said that "The lightning was extremely close and probably the largest bolts I have ever witnessed - especially this close. I've never witnessed such a severe storm in such close proximity.
"The lightning then struck a building only two residences along from us and as the rain came it was time to head inside for safety.
I set up my camera and then just hoped the lightning filled the frame. A bit of luck comes into it as you never know or can predict exactly where the lightning will strike...
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