Electrical storms are an amazing phenomenon. Although lightning can instantly destroy any object in its path, it is not considered a very dangerous natural disaster. It is a very isolated event as each lightning strike only affects a minimal area and rarely kills or injures humans and animals. Lightning does contain a significant amount of power, reaching temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun, and creating shockwaves that we hear as thunder.
A tree split in half by lightning.
A forest fire caused by an electrical storm.
Lightning is the leading cause of forest fires, igniting trees and burning entire forests. Forest fires are a serious problem as the destruction of acres of forest force animals out of their natural habitats and claim the lives of innocent people.
Lightning over a city at night.
Lightning striking a tall tree.