Three people have been hit by lightning near Gisborne, in the Hawkes Bay.
Late Tuesday afternoon a huge electrical storm swept through the Gisborne district.
There was loud thunder and more than 1000 lightning strikes mixed up with heavy rain and huge hailstones.
The storm caused power outages and three fisheries officers ducked for cover after a close encounter with a lightning strike.
Fisheries officer Laura Hansen was on patrol with two other officers at Sponge Bay when they were struck.
It was not a direct hit but all three felt tingling in the extremities and felt a huge bright light around them.
Finding the odds of being hit by lightening is difficult but becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime in the US is 1 in 3,000.
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