Lightning blows up tank

BLASTED: Two water tanks on Nga Tuhoe Station on the Ohuka Link Road were struck by lightning during Friday’s thunderstorms. Picture supplied

BOLTS of lightning struck two water tanks near Wairoa during a blast of thunderstorms last week.

Tank owners Jim and Marilyn Brownlie describe the 12,000 litre tanks as prominent landmarks on the Ohuka Link Road, and they appear to have been struck on their Smart Water indicator aerial units.

Nga Tuhoe Station’s Mr Brownlie said the lightning strike seemed to have vaporised one of the units and travelled down the probe cord inside the water tank.

The resulting steam blast shattered one tank, and the other was intact but fractured, he said.

Friday’s thunderstorms arrived mid-afternoon bringing with it around 8.7mm of rain and a maximum humidity of 99 percent.

The rain was the first the district had since January 6, with temperatures reaching the low 30s.

— Wairoa Star

BOLTS of lightning struck two water tanks near Wairoa during a blast of thunderstorms last week.

Tank owners Jim and Marilyn Brownlie describe the 12,000 litre tanks as prominent landmarks on the Ohuka Link Road, and they appear to have been struck on their Smart Water indicator aerial units.

Nga Tuhoe Station’s Mr Brownlie said the lightning strike seemed to have vaporised one of the units and travelled down the probe cord inside the water tank.

The resulting steam blast shattered one tank, and the other was intact but fractured, he said.

Friday’s thunderstorms arrived mid-afternoon bringing with it around 8.7mm of rain and a maximum humidity of 99 percent.

The rain was the first the district had since January 6, with temperatures reaching the low 30s.

— Wairoa Star

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