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Backpacker hit by lightning
A German backpacker injured in a lightning strike arrives by air ambulance at Jandakot Airport. Picture:Simon Santi/The West Australian

A German backpacker was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital today after she was struck by lightning.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was working for a shearing contractor on a farm north of Bruce Rock, 250km east of Perth, when she was struck just before 9am.

She was driven at least part of the way to Bruce Rock Hospital, where the Royal Flying Doctor Service picked her up at noon.

The backpacker arrived at the RFDS base in Jandakot just after 2.30pm. She appeared to be unconscious and was hooked up to respiratory equipment.

She was in a serious but stable condition in RPH last night. Details of her injuries have not been released.

Leigh Strange, who farms 15km west of Bruce Rock, said his property was hit by multiple lightning strikes.

“The lightning was ridiculous. Both our houses got struck, and I put a tree out that caught fire from lightning.

“There was about two or three hours of sustained lightning, from 8.30am onwards.”

Mr Strange said he saw lightning bolts hitting the ground.

Thunderstorms brought heavy rains to southern parts of the State, with several power pole fires and electricity outages.

In Perth, thousands of customers were left without power as the storms swept through this morning.

The Weather Bureau is expecting more storms tomorrow around Perth and inland WA.

The West Australian

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