Liane Johnstone, 42, was shocked to see the bolt shoot down from the sky while storm chasing on Monday, June 28.
The Storrington mum-of-four said: “We decided to head off out and see if we could pick anything up.
“[It was] ferocious. It scared me. It’s scary. I’m not going to sit here sugar coating it.”
Liane was driving through Fittleworth when she snapped the photo and shot the footage – which shows a lightning bolt moments before heavy rain fell from the sky.
She added: “Five seconds after that lightning struck it absolutely chucked it down. I couldn’t really see.”
Liane captured the footage despite this being her first season of storm chasing.