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Thunderstorm spectacle in Mardan

MANY South Gippslanders were woken by loud rumbling and witnessed flashing skies on Wednesday night.
In places the storm was quite severe and nowhere more so than in Mardan where a lightning strike set alight a huge old gum tree.
When Katrina Rodda went outside at 2.30am unable to sleep she saw the tree bordering her property well alight.
With just about all essential Rodda household services affected (safety switch tripped, water out and telephone blown up) she used her mobile to call 000 and was relieved and thankful at how promptly the CFA arrived to put the fire out.
While the incident was isolated and CFA operations manager at Warragul, David Chugg was not aware of any other such incidents on the night he said, “With summer coming up people need to be vigilant and clean up their properties.”
He congratulated Ms Rodda on her prompt action in dialing 000.
Mr Chugg urged all people to do the same in any fire event.

Good grief: the sight that greeted Katrina Rodda on Thursday morning at 2.30am. Photo courtesy of Katrina Rodda.

Good grief: the sight that greeted Katrina Rodda on Thursday morning at 2.30am. Photo courtesy of Katrina Rodda.

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