UPDATE at 4:30 PM AEST | A MAN has died after being struck by lightning in country NSW, as a line of thunderstorms lashes large parts the state.
It’s understood the 53-year-old was attending a community event in the tiny village of Geurie, 30km southeast of Dubbo, in the state’s Central West when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.
It happened at the local racecourse on Comobella Road, where the Geurie Golden Collar Cattle Dog Trial was being held, just after 2pm AEDT, police said.
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Bystanders tried resuscitating the man by performing CPR but sadly, their efforts were in vain.
It’s understood half a dozen ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene but there was nothing they could do.
“Emergency services were called to a recreational ground on Comobella Road, Geurie, about 30km from Dubbo, after reports a 53-year-old man was struck by lightning,” NSW Police said in a statement.
“NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and assessed the man, but he died at the scene.”
#BREAKING: A 53-year-old man has died after he was struck by lightning at Geurie racecourse, near Dubbo, at about two o'clock this afternoon. CPR was performed on him, but he died at the scene. @abcnews @abcsydney pic.twitter.com/Kz80elUO2A
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Detectives from the Orana Mid-West Police District attended the scene and will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Lightning lashed Dubbo and its surrounding towns for three hours on Saturday afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm, as a line of storms moved through the state’s Central West.
A severe thunderstorm warning is current for a large part of the state, as a trough interacts with humid air.
The warning covers the Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and parts of Hunter, North and Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes and Upper Western Forecast Districts.
The weather bureau warns severe storms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Mudgee, Orange, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett, Dubbo, Parkes, Coonabarabran, Lightning Ridge, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Katoomba, Goulburn and Yass.
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