updated 01/22/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/23/2014 AT 7:45 AM ET
Photos from the severe weather event create the extraordinary illusion that the landmark was conjuring the lightning bolts itself.
On Tuesday, repairs began on the tourist attraction that towers over the Brazilian metropolis. The repair work is estimated to take four months to complete, but the site will remain open during the restoration due to the statue’s numerous visitors.
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