Social media users capture a stunning lightning storm over their city

When an intense storm's forecast, most sensible people take shelter in their homes.

Thankfully for us, a handful of mad cap photographers and storm enthusiasts were on hand to capture strikingimages of a thunderstorm that lashed Sydney, Australia, on Thursday night.

For all of the storm's intensity it lasted little more than an hour before heading both north east, but not before some of the more electrifying moments were captured in freeze frame.

See the gorgeous storm below:

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Beautiful lightning storm in Sydney Australia
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Beautiful lightning storm in Sydney Australia
What an incredible lightning show on tonight over Sydney. Single exposure, 20seconds @ f10. #sydney #sydneystorm #sydneylightning #lightning #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge #birchgrove @sydney #ilovesydney @nikonaustralia #mynikonlife #nikondf #nikon2470 #picoftheday #followme #like4like #ig_australia @ig_australia__ @dailytelegraph
#sydneystorm in full force at #manlybeach last night, just after the Christmas fireworks!! #bythepowerofgreyskull đź“· @craigbrokensha @swellnet
Bondi Icebergs last night #sydneystorm #storm #bolts #bondi #bondibeach #bondiicebergs #icebergs #lightning #stormchaser #mynikonlife #patagonia #australia #seeaustralia
Light show over the Harbour
Well... that was something!
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Bondi under attack, a few minutes back! #frothers #frothersgallery #franckgazzola #storm #stormcell #strikes #lightning #sydney #sydneystorm #sky #crazy #amazing #weather #extreme #bolts #lightningbolts #mynikonlife
.....⚡Storm night.... ...8-12-2016...Sydney... . . . . . . . . . #storm #sydneystorm #lightningstorm #myphototime#lightning #ilovesydney #theworldshotz #awesomeearth#australiagram #globaltravelgram #king_shots #king_through #tv_colors #tv_clouds #ig_great_pics #nightshot #natgeoadventure #sky_sultans#sky_brilliance#skyporn#bns_sky #best_skyshots #amazing_shots #MoodyGrams#ig_sunsetshots#australia_shotz #vip_world_photo #all_colorshots #everything_imaginable #YourShotPhotographer
The awesome #sydneystorm tonight. Beautiful lightening! #seeaustralia #sydneylocal
This was one frame. 5second exposure. Going nuts tonight. Now all gone out to sea. Amazing. . . . . . . #amazeballs #sydneystorm #lightening #severeweather #weather #seaforth #sydney #mynikonlife #nikon #bestshots #stormfront #lighteningshow
Twice in one week. @olympus_au #olympusinspired #olympusvisionproject
What ten minutes of lightening strikes looks like if they all struck at once. . . . . . . . . .#stormfront #lighteningshow #bestshots #mynikonlife #sydneystorm #storm #severeweather #weather
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