Remarkable cause of holes in Aussie home's ceiling after wild storm

Nearby residents were shocked over the damage, having been kept up all night.

A household has had a lucky escape during wild storms early Saturday morning, with their property struck by lightning.

Remarkable photos show the damage caused by the lightning strike in Shell Cove, south of Wollongong, with the strike ripping tiles off their roof while piercing the ceiling in one of their rooms.

Three holes in the ceiling of the home.
The lightning made several holes in the ceiling of the home. Source: SES Shellharbour City Unit

The residents thanked the SES for quickly patching up their roof, with a tarpullen placed over the top to prevent water getting in. Thankfully they were unharmed.

Locals shared their disbelief over the lightning strike, many commenting how loud the storm was. "No wonder it sounded close," one remarked after seeing the photos.

A hole is seen in the roof of the home, looking out across the suburb.
The damage caused to the exterior of the property. Source: SES Shellharbour City Unit

It comes two weeks after four people were struck by lightning sheltering under a tree from intense storms near Sydney Opera House. All four suffered burn injuries and "cardiac symptoms" and were taken to hospital in a stable condition, NSW Ambulance said. They had initially lost consciousness.

Thunder storm warning issued on Sunday

On Sunday, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunder storm warning further north moving towards Maitland, northwest of Newcastle. Residents are urged to prepare for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

On the other side of the country, the north of WA was impacted by thunderstorms this weekend however a severe weather warning for Perth was cancelled due to conditions subsiding substantially. The city was expected to be hit by winds of close to 100km/h.

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