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Man killed by lightning in Gunma

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A man in his 50s died after being struck by lightning in Gunma Prefecture on Monday afternoon.

Police said the man was walking along a path in Oze National Park when lightning struck him just before 4 p.m., Fuji TV reported. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said a cold air mass moved in over the Kanto region at about 3 p.m., triggering unstable atmospheric conditions. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., much of Kanto experienced thunderstorms and hailstorms, with some places recording 30-50 millimeters of rain per hour, the agency said.

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Jeez what are the chances? The poor guy. I feel sorry for his friends and family.

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RIP. Looks like Kanto area had some strange weather today. Been an odd spring with all the hail, tornadoes, freak thunder and lightening storms...

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Shocking news. Just goes to show how fragile life really is.

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Stantheman, was that pun intended? Anyway, yeah pretty freaky.

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but who takes a stroll in the middle of a hailstorm in a park =/

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The weather earlier yesterday was perfect, so I'd imagine a lot of hikers were out, and some like this guy probably didn't make it back before the weather changed. He would have been out on a full day hike, he wasn't taking a stroll somewhere like Yoyogi Park.

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Unsettling earthquake at 1:30 a.m. today and then the chances of tornadoes or violent storms in the afternoon ... Wow ... Saw a report that Korea got large hailstones ruining an apple field .... Off to school! Good luck, everyone!

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Divine punishment?

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