Then again, it's all fun and games until someone loses a house. Lightning strikes, tsunamis and earthquakes may be 'cool' to look at, but they're not so fun for the people who have to pick up the pieces afterwards - people like Tauranga resident Sam Johnston, a man whose home was destroyed by the storms last night. Or so suggests the headline: "Lightning strike wrecks home". Did it burn down? Did the foundations collapse under the furious onslaught?
As the EtH reader who alerted me to the story eloquently puts it:
"Holy crap!" I thought when I read the headline. "That must have been one hell of a lightning strike!"
The accompanying photo next caught my eye. A frowny faced man sitting on some steps next to a bare patch of dirt. His house must have been totally vaporised by the lightning!
Wrecked indeed. Until one actually reads the article.
A bolt of lightning destroyed a concrete wall and steps at a house in Tauranga, throwing debris into the air.
[...] "Inside ... papers flew in the air, and socket points blew off the wall across the living room, all melted." [said Johnston.]
So a garden wall was damaged. Socket points blew. "Papers flew in the air." I can see how the home was "wrecked" - the insurance company probably condemned the house rather than having to organise someone to pick them all up.