Lightning - an electrical discharge of electrons, quickly moving from one place to another usually from the cloud to the ground. As a result, they superheat the air around them, creating these electric forces to come down, causing it to glow. Temperature of the heat may rise up to 4 times the heat of the sun. As there is nothing to neutralize the effects of this force, lightning damages everything that stands in its way. For instance,
Trees: normally they are the tallest point in a particular location thus acts as a lightning rod. So when lightning strikes, the moisture inside the trees are subjected to super-hot temperatures causing it to explode in large chunks or getting burnt. Half of the trees struck by lightning die instantly while other half lives their life highly susceptible to diseases. And then there are wildfires. Nearly 10% of wildfires in the U.S. are caused due to lightning.
Lightning storm is a natural disaster that can lead to loss of life and destruction to property worth billions. Lightning discharge often peaks at 100,000 or more Amperes. A lightning strike near a structure or overhead supply lines can cause a surge voltage on the cable lines and can transmit a momentary high voltage impulse. This surge even if it lasts for microseconds can destroy many electronic components: Air conditioners, satellite dishes, exterior lights, gate control systems, pool support equipment, patios and cabanas, phone extensions, electronic dog fences, and security systems causing expensive downtime and repairs.