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Sydney man struck by lightning 'should buy a lottery ticket'

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Georgina Mitchell

A thunderstorm passed over Sydney's west on Friday night.

A thunderstorm passed over Sydney's west on Friday night. Photo: Nick Moir

A 55-year-old man has been released from hospital after being struck by lightning in north-west Sydney overnight.

A spokeswoman for Westmead Hospital was not able to say what injuries the man was treated for, but said he was in a stable condition before being released Friday night.

''If I was him, I'd be buying a lotto ticket,'' she said.

The man was reportedly sweeping leaves from his Baulkham Hills driveway and holding an umbrella over his head when he was struck at around 5pm.

A neighbour who witnessed the strike said the man fell to the ground but remained conscious.

As witnesses rushed to the his aid, one neighbour flagged down a fire truck that was coincidentally driving past.

Daniel Sun, who lives down the street from where the man was hit, said he heard sirens then looked out the window to see the man lying on the ground being treated by firefighters.

''It was hailing and pouring together with the storm, very, very rapid pouring, the hail was like fingertip-sized,'' he said.

''At that time I was thinking it may have been a falling tree.''

Mr Sun said thunder and lightning overhead was very loud and there was a brief blackout when he believes the man was hit.

''When the lightning did happen, there was a sudden power cut,'' he said.

''It was really frightening.''

Firefighters performed first aid on the man before paramedics arrived.

''He was conscious but very disoriented,'' a Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said.

''We're not aware of his condition after we handed him over.''

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