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WATCH: Woman tells of moment lightning strikes her home

TERRIFIED by the lightning strikes around her Beecher home last night Dulcie Benn moved out of her living room and towards her office, which she says is like a bunker.

She had only made it to the door though, when she felt the lightning crash into the corner of her home.

She lives on her own, and says yesterday afternoon's storm was the worst she had experienced in 31 years in Gladstone.

Dulcie Anne Benn was frightened as a terrifying thunderstorm struck her home in Beecher yesterday.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Dulcie Anne Benn was frightened as a terrifying thunderstorm struck her home in Beecher yesterday.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

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For a city that usually manages to avoid the majority of any rainfall, this storm must have been right on top of her.

"It was terrifying. There was a big crash of lighting and thunder and I heard it hit by the wall in my garage," she said.

"I felt the force of it go through the house right where I was standing. I'm glad I went towards my office."

The impact knocked a clock --- that had been in the spot for 11 years --- clean off her wall.

"It was a bit of a surprise because I was standing right in the path of it.

"I didn't look around, I just went into the room. It was frightening."

"When you live by your own you just don't know what to do."

The area recorded about 40mm during the day yesterday.

"I hid in my office for 10 minutes for the storm to blow over," she said.

"I was thinking about who I needed to call to make sure they were OK."

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