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Brother And Two Sisters Struck By Lightning As They Took Selfie Under Tree

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Brother And Two Sisters Struck By Lightning As They Took Selfie Under Tree

Three siblings were struck by lightning as they took shelter underneath a tree during the heavy rain.

Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson were hit on Monday night (12 July) as they were trying to enjoy a bike ride near Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames.

Credit: Isobel Jobson
Credit: Isobel Jobson

The trio decided to take a quick selfie under their saviour tree and incredibly caught the moment they were struck - a pictures that has a strong orange tinge.

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The siblings have been left with lightning-marks on their bodies and were admitted to hospital for treatment to their burns. They were discharged some hours later.

Speaking to the BBC, 23-year-old Isobel said: "The picture of us at the moment the lightning strike happened was at 17:05.

"I took a picture of us smiling and we then wanted a sad picture in the rain.

"All of a sudden I was on the ground and couldn't hear anything apart from this high-pitched buzzing.

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"My whole right arm was numb and I couldn't move it."

Credit: Isobel Jobson
Credit: Isobel Jobson

Rachel, 26, added: "We were taking the picture with our phone and then the next thing, I was on the ground. I felt disjointed. My sister and I were screaming.

"I got burnt on my thigh and stomach and it's left lightning-like marks behind on me and my sister. I couldn't feel my arm."

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She went on to say: "My sister's arm was very hot, because of the plate. Everyone was amazed at what had happened to us."

The injuries. Credit: Isobel Jobson
The injuries. Credit: Isobel Jobson

Heavy rain and flash flooding hit large parts of London earlier this week, leaving cars, homes, and businesses in danger from the rising water.

The downpours that have swept across much of the UK in recent days have had a profound effect on the capital, with parts of north west London, as well as south west London, badly affected by flash flooding.

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London Fire Brigade tweeted out that they had been called about more than 150 instances of flooding in south west London alone.

Police also asked travellers in cars to avoid the Raynes Park station area due to flooding.

"Roads are flooded and dangerous to drive down", they said.

Featured Image Credit: Isobel Jobson

Topics: UK Community, Community, UK

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