Can you spot the dif­fer­ence?

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Tues­day’s thun­der­storm dumped record amounts of De­cem­ber rain across the Waikato and Auck­land re­gions, while light­ning strikes killed cows at Te Kowhai and in­jured a woman in Man­gere.

Here the storm moved straight over much of the re­gion — light­ning strikes and ac­com­pa­ny­ing thunder were right over­head in Te Awa­mutu.

On the east­ern side of town the strikes were alarm­ingly close to Alan and Bev Emp­son’s home, and even closer to their worker’s cot­tage.

One strike hit and split a 150-year-old red­wood tree about 100 me­tres from the house, and just 50m from the cot­tage.

Alan had re­cently taken a photo of the view from the house, which shows the tree in­tact. A cor­re­spond­ing im­age taken Tues­day af­ter­noon shows the tree was split clean in half.

He said the whole house shook when the light­ning struck and wood from the tree flew 50m in all di­rec­tions. One of the larger pieces took down power lines on their prop­erty.

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Be­fore: View of farm from Alan and Bev Emp­son’s home on Cam­bridge Rd.

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Closer view of the dam­age caused by Tues­day’s light­ning strike.

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