A flash of lighting is seen in Piraeus, near Athens during a rainstorm. Hours of heavy rainfall in Athens caused extensive flooding, inundating basements and forcing authorities to close major roads and a central subway station.
A lighting bolt flashes through the night sky and strikes a building in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, narrowly missing Q1, the largest residential building in Australia. Amateur photographer Luke Wormald was taking shelter from the storm when the bolt struck just 100 metres from him.
Lightning shoots over the Seabreeze Bridge in Daytona Beach, Florida. Storm chaser Jason Weingart regularly braves inclement conditions to take photos and video of violent storms all over America. We will have a picture gallery of his storm shots on the Telegraph site later today. Picture: Jason Weingart / Caters News
A photographer was revealed as the winner of a prestigious national award for this picture of a lightning strike - on the day of his funeral. Danny Beath, 52, had entered the Travel Photo of the Year competition seven times before but never won first prize despite making the finals. His image of a storm over poppy fields in Blackstone Nature Reserve in the Severn Valley netted him first prize in this year’s contest. But before the organisers could tell the snapper about his win, Danny tragically collapsed outside his house in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and died of a heart attack on January 14. Picture: Danny Beath / Newsteam