READERS' PHOTOS: Snap storm shakes the Illawarra

It was a flash in the pan but the severe electrical storm that whipped across the Illawarra sky on Saturday afternoon made for some spectacular viewing.

The storm didn’t amount to much, but lasted long enough for readers to snap photos of lightning strikes, hail and cloud formations.

The thunderstorm was of such short duration it didn’t have time to do much damage across the region.

Post-storm double rainbow sunset, Sea Cliff Bridge. Picture: PAUL GUNTHER

Post-storm double rainbow sunset, Sea Cliff Bridge. Picture: PAUL GUNTHER

Lightning in Gerringong. Picture: IAN MILLS

Lightning in Gerringong. Picture: IAN MILLS

Hail at Barrack Heights. Picture: KAREN LOACH

Hail at Barrack Heights. Picture: KAREN LOACH

Start of the storm over Mt Kembla. Picture: CHRIS WEBB

Start of the storm over Mt Kembla. Picture: CHRIS WEBB

Primbee as the storm came in. Picture: BROOKE BeARTY TONKIN

Primbee as the storm came in. Picture: BROOKE BeARTY TONKIN

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

The storm over Wollongong. Picture: PHILLIP RYAN

The storm over Wollongong. Picture: PHILLIP RYAN

After the storm at Mount Kembla. Picture: ALAN SAUNDERS

After the storm at Mount Kembla. Picture: ALAN SAUNDERS

Looking south towards Warilla from Berkeley. Picture: CHRIS WEBB

Looking south towards Warilla from Berkeley. Picture: CHRIS WEBB

Lightning strike looking east from Dapto to Shellharbour. Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

Lightning strike looking east from Dapto to Shellharbour. Picture: MEL MIDDLETON

The view from Port Kembla. Picture: PAIGE HAINES

The view from Port Kembla. Picture: PAIGE HAINES

The State Emergency Service was called to an incident at Blackbutt where a possible lightning strike damaged a roof.

A fire at Nepean Place, Albion Park, destroyed a hectare but was quickly extinguished. 

A Rural Fire Service spokesperson said it was not known if lightning caused the blaze.

Most rain gauges missed out on any substantial recordings; the Illawarra Regional Airport gauge at Albion Park received the most (5.4millimetres).

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts sun on Monday and Tuesday and some showers on Wednesday.