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Watch Lightning Hit The Trump And Willis Towers During Tuesday Night's Election

By Mae Rice in News on Mar 16, 2016 3:04PM

The severe wind and lightning storm meteorologists predicted for Tuesday night did indeed come to pass—and it was so intense that lightning hit the Willis Tower and Trump Tower.

Here's a gif that of the hit, which feels like a sign of the apocalypse when you consider that Donald Trump won the Illinois primary the same night.

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A receptionist at the Willis Tower told Chicagoist the lightning probably just hit the building's lightning rods. "They get hit," she said. "If the building [itself] got hit, believe me, you would know."

Here's a similar still image of the lightning strike, courtesy of photographer Nick Ulivieri:

And a long-exposure of the strike, via Reddit:

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For even more on-the-nose Trump-meets-lightning content, here's a video that allegedly shows lightning hitting Chicago's Trump Tower last night. A receptionist at the building told Chicagoist it wasn't hit, though, and it's too dark to really tell.

Here's a more panoramic view of the storm, from photographer Barry Butler, which shows some truly brooding storm clouds and two simultaneous lightning bolts all in one frame:

And, because chronological blog posts are overrated, here's one final shot of how the storm started, from photographer Andy Fowler: