Stormy skies

In the past several months, powerful storms have wreaked havoc in many places, torrential rains in central Europe and parts of China, tornadoes in Australia, Montana and the American Midwest, and strong thunderstorms across the northeast. Now, as Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Florida and heads into the Gulf of Mexico, oil cleanup is being suspended, and the final “kill” operation is delayed for at least one more week. These storms have been destructive and deadly, but beautiful and awe-inspiring at the same time. Collected here are a handful of photographs of stormy skies, lightning strikes and storm damage from the past several months.
Chris Dickey of Commerce city police department holds golf-ball-sized hailstones on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 in Commerce City, Colorado. Thunderstorms swept along the Front Range and eastern Colorado plains on Wednesday with several reports of tornadoes and strong winds that demolished a barn. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chang)

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