Lightning Strike And Rainbow Pictures From China Dazzle (PHOTO)

Sometimes people are just in the right place at the right time.

A lucky photographer in China captured dazzling images of a rainbow just as lightning struck during a storm on Sunday. The pictures were taken in Haikou, a city in China's Hainan province, just off the country's southern coast.


Earlier this month, Steve Vaughn, a photographer for the Associated Press, snapped a photograph of lightning piercing a double rainbow in Hamilton, Ohio.

Can't get enough lightning pictures? Roch Hart, an amateur photographer in New Mexico, snapped some amazing photos during a lightning storm over Albuquerque earlier this spring. And last month, photographer Phil McGrew managed to get a photo of nine bolts of lightning striking San Francisco's Bay Bridge.

While lightning may dazzle the senses, it can certainly be dangerous. According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes are responsible for about 54 reported deaths per year in the United States. About 10 percent of those who are struck by lightning are killed.

The New York State Department of Health advises those who find themselves in thunder or lightning storms to seek shelter immediately. When inside, people should stay away from open windows as well as sinks, showers, toilets and appliances, as lightning can "flow through these..." and "'jump' to a person," according to the Department of Health.

For more, including what to do if unable to seek shelter in a lightning storm and how to help people who've been struck, click over to the New York State Department of Health website.

Click over to HuffPost UK to see more pictures from Haikou.

LOOK: Lightning Strikes and Rainbow In Haikou:

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