WATCH: Boy narrowly misses lightning strike

2017-10-27 11:33 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - An Argentine boy narrowly missed a lightning bolt while outside in the rain - a reminder about the danger of lightning for South Africans experiencing thunderstorms on Friday.

According to the New York Post, the boy's mother was filming him playing in the rain when the lightning hit a tree behind him, exploding a fence. 

SEE: ALERT: Stormy weather expected for parts of SA

"I tried to spread this video to make people realise that nature has changed a lot in these times due to global warming and you have to be more careful, both in a storm and also within your own house, because if the children had been watching TV or playing video games when the lightning [struck], it would have been deadly. All my electrical appliances burned," says the mother in the YouTube description.

There were several lightning strikes in the Posadas area where the video was filmed, killing two brothers and some animals. 

Check out the video below to see the moment the lightning hit.

The video should remind South Africans who will be hit with severe thunderstorms on Friday to avoid being outside. According to the South African Weather Service's latest update, there will be showers and thundershowers in the northeastern parts of Limpopo.

The storm is also expected to hit northeastern parts of North West, western and southern parts of Mpumalanga Highveld, Gauteng, northeastern parts of Free State and northwestern parts of KZN. Damaging hail and wind is also forecast.

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There has also been some snow sightings due to the temperature drop in the Western Cape's Klein Karoo mountains and the mountain range above Ladismith, according to SA Snow Report, despite their initial forecast that snow day was cancelled.

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