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07/01/2014 04:57 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2014

What Happens When A Major Lightning Storm Hits One Of The Country's Tallest Buildings

With "polar vortex" memories fading fast, Midwesterners expanded their severe weather vocabulary yet again Monday to include the rare storm system known as a "derecho."

Derechos, which AccuWeather says are often referred to as inland hurricanes, pack a wallop of violent thunderstorms, torrential rain and strong winds.

In Chicago, which was hit hard during rush hour Monday, a small consolation from the violent storms were the dazzling shots of lighting cracking across the skyline:

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