A worker was killed after lightning hit him as he left a factory in south-east France, according to emergency services.
It happened around 17:00 in Gaillard, Haute-Savoie, as storms battered the French Alps on Thursday (June 22).
The 34-year-old was leaving work when he opened an umbrella and the lightning struck, reported the Dauphiné Libéré.
The newspaper said he was with a group of colleagues leaving the premises of Delpharm.
"Ten people who witnessed the lightning strike were taken care of by the department's medico-psychological emergency unit, attached to the Samu,” reported the AFP news agency.
"There were plenty of shocked witnesses," Martial Saddier, the president of the Departmental Council of Haute-Savoie, told France 3 Alpes.
Gaillard is a town situated near the border between France and Switzerland.
⚡️ Superbes images d'un #arcus précédant l'#orage au dessus du Lac Léman ce soir du jeudi 22 juin 2023. Cet orage a donné des rafales de 100 à 130 km/h en Savoie & Haute-Savoie ! (via @Meteo_Mettra) pic.twitter.com/PAejy9tSod— Guillaume Séchet (@Meteovilles) June 22, 2023
Storms battered Haute-Savoie on Thursday and the department was on a level-three orange weather warning, the second highest.
The department’s fire and rescue service said it was called out to 160 incidents.
"From 16:30, severe bad weather affected the Haute-Savoie department, particularly in the areas of the Annecy basin and the Arve. At 19:00, nearly 160 firefighter interventions were underway, mainly for falling trees and trees or to pump out water (in flooded areas).”