A MAN has been struck by lightning and killed while hiking in Central Australia.
The 35-year-old was hiking on the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon with four other people, believed to be family members, on New Year's Day when a storm passed through and he was struck by lightning.
The accident occurred at about 5pm, however it took emergency services some time to reach the family, an NT Police spokesman said.
"The remote location and inclement weather hampered the rescue efforts with flash flooding causing delays," the spokesman said.
"We have since recovered the body. The other hikers were not injured, however they are suffering extreme shock.
"We will know more as soon as the teams get back to Alice Springs."
Kings Canyon is about 300km west of Alice Springs.
The spokesman said there were thunderstorm warnings for the area put out by the Bureau of Meteorology yesterday afternoon.
He said the storms could be associated with a Cyclone Hilda, a storm which affected Broome and northern Western Australia, as the weather system was expected to move south east.
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