There was a large storm that passed across Melbourne this afternoon and my mate Tristan noticed this on the way home from work. He said he first noticed wood chips all over the road and then looked to the source and noticed this tree with a massive gash up the side of it. It had just been struck by lightning!
He went back with my partner Hannah and took some photos for me so I could share them with you guys! Hannah’s in one of the photos to show you the extent and size of the damage to this tree. The lightning strike has actually sent a split down both sides of it, if it had been any smaller it may have been split in two… Pretty epic! Until now I had never seen what the aftermath of a tree vs lightning strike looked like. Wish I’d been there, though a good 50m away (or maybe more), when this happened!
For those of you who live nearby in Melbourne, this tree is located in from of the Monash University Pharmaceuticals Faculty on Royal Pde.