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A 39-year-old man died when he was struck by lightning this afternoon as the third severe thunderstorm hit Malta in less than 24 hours.

The incident happened in a field in Marsascala. (The location was previously described as Zabbar)

The man was in a field with a 25-year-old man. The two had been out hunting when the incident happened at about 4 p.m. As soon as the incident happened, the second man rushed out to the road shouting for help, and came across the victim's brother.

The victim rushed to Saint James Hospital, Zabbar, but was dead on arrival. the men who had accompanied him was slightly injured and described the incident as "like a bomb exploding next to us".

A woman also fell a height of one storey after she was dragged by the water when she got out of her car, a Toyota Vitzm in Sta Venera. The woman, 34 of Zejtun, was rescued and is being treated in hospital. Her condition is serious.

Balzan - Picture Ivan Abela - mynews@timesofmalta.comBalzan - Picture Ivan Abela - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Rainwater swamps a car in Valley Road,  Birkirkara - Picture Steve Cachia - mynews@timesofmalta.comRainwater swamps a car in Valley Road, Birkirkara - Picture Steve Cachia - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Gzira this afternoon - Picture Joseph Said mynews@timesofmalta.comGzira this afternoon - Picture Joseph Said mynews@timesofmalta.com

A man struggles against the water in Msida this afternoon. Photo Diane Pillow. mynews@timesofmalta.comA man struggles against the water in Msida this afternoon. Photo Diane Pillow. mynews@timesofmalta.com

The storm caused huge traffic jams, particularly in the central and southern parts of Malta.

One motorist who left Valletta at 5 p.m. - fell after the rain stopped - was still stuck at Portes des Bombes an hour later.

On the Regional Road, motorists were driving the wrong way as traffic along the tunnels in Sta Venera jammed.

The Gzira Strand, Msida, Valley Road Birkirkara, Qormi (Manuel Dimech Street), T'Alla w'Ommu Hill and Ta Xbiex seafront were impassable because of flooding.

The Police and the Civil Protection Department warned  that people should stay indoors unless strictly necessary. 

The Met Office said a low pressure system remained stationary over the Central Mediterranean.

Children enjoy the flooding in Bugibba. Picture - Dillon Mercieca mynews@timesofmalta.comChildren enjoy the flooding in Bugibba. Picture - Dillon Mercieca mynews@timesofmalta.com

The first struck at about 5 p.m. yesterday and was followed by a more violent one early this morning.

Valley Road - Photo John Portelli.Valley Road - Photo John Portelli.

The situation had been expected to improve, but the weather system hardly moved and a spokesman for the Met office said the situation is expected to persist into this evening.

The third thunderstorm broke at about 4.15 p.m. and such was its intense that people in Valletta could not see the other side of Grand Harbour.

A damaged car outside the tunnels in Sta Venera. Picture Alan Coppini - mynews@timesofmalta.comA damaged car outside the tunnels in Sta Venera. Picture Alan Coppini - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Motorists returning home from work found the same conditions they had found when leaving home - with traffic slow or jammed and roads already flooded. 

Several cars were carried by the raging water in Qormi and Msida.

See report of this morning's thunderstorm at http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120903/local/streets-flooded-traffic-jammed-after-heavy-downpour.435391

Ta Xbiex - Picture Stephanie Tedesco - mynews@timesofmalta.comTa Xbiex - Picture Stephanie Tedesco - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Parts of an old house in Msida collapsed this afternoon. Picture Jonathan Micallef - mynews@timesofmalta.comParts of an old house in Msida collapsed this afternoon. Picture Jonathan Micallef - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Water flows down Naxxar Road, Ikllin - Picture Victor Aquilina - mynews@timesofmalta.comWater flows down Naxxar Road, Ikllin - Picture Victor Aquilina - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Qormi - Picture Luke Baldacchino - mynews@timesofmalta.comQormi - Picture Luke Baldacchino - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Traffic stuck on the Birkirkara bypass. Picture - Clive Ciappara - mynews@timesofmalta.comTraffic stuck on the Birkirkara bypass. Picture - Clive Ciappara - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Balzan Valley this afternoon. Photo John A Portelli.Balzan Valley this afternoon. Photo John A Portelli.

Xlendi's sandy beach washed away - Picture Andrea Muscat - mynews@timesofmalta.comXlendi's sandy beach washed away - Picture Andrea Muscat - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Flooding in the tunnel - Picture Noel Farrugia - mynews@timesofmalta.comFlooding in the tunnel - Picture Noel Farrugia - mynews@timesofmalta.com

Photo Christian Magro, GudjaPhoto Christian Magro, Gudja

The scene in Siggiewi - Picture by Luke Zammit - mynews@timesofmalta.comThe scene in Siggiewi - Picture by Luke Zammit - mynews@timesofmalta.com

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