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  1. #1
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    Mar 2010
    Colorado Springs CO.
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    Almost struck by Lightning!

    this may be the wrong place to post this, but i mostly post in this section, so i decided that this would be a good place to tell this story to account for my absence. so mods, please do not move this post. thanks.

    Two days ago i was standing in my house during a thunder storm, and all of the sudden, i heard the loudest, earth shattering, crack and boom id ever heard. It was the loudest thing ive heard in my life. For about 5 seconds all i could see was a huge flash of bluish white light that blinded me momentarily. Right after, i heard glass shattering, and large crashes and booms. I go from my bed room to my dining room, to explore, only to find out that a window fan i had, was on the ground, and wasnt on anymore. It looked perfectly fine, nothing different. Then i notice that no electricity in my house was working. I looked out my dining room window only to see a huge hole in the side of an elm tree i have in my back yard. Also, a huge branch from the tree was burned, broken, and detached from the tree. Turns out, lightning had bolted down, stuck my elm tree, bolted over, hit a large metal can of water (recipe for disaster i know), zapped all of the water out of the can, and bolted over and hit my window fan, went through the cord on the fan, knocked out the fuse, and destroyed my internet modem in the process. Surprisingly the window fan still works fine! I found chunks of tree bark all over, and up to 20 feet away from the tree! It was really scary, and i hope it never happens again. So i had to wait for my internet company to send me a new modem, so thats why i havent posted in 2 days. Keep it up and hh! [R.I.P. Rich Hartford]
    CHAINCHOMP

  2. #2
    us
    Jun 2011
    Laurel, Mississippi
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Glad you are okay! I once was almost struck by lightning as well. We were on the church bus in a horrid storm. Lightning hit a transformer right as we passed. The only thing I saw was solid white nothingness that faded into solid red nothingness and my vision slowly returned. It was like a matrix moment. Luckily the bus driver didn't wreck!!
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  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2009
    mountain home Idaho
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    glad it missed you. love your posts
    Semper Fi

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    Jun 2011
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Wow.... Glad you are okay. One time my friends and I were in the Poconos for a paint ball trip. It was the end of the day and a wicked storm rolled in. We were waiting under a prefabricated metal building with an awning for the buses to take us back to the cars. My friend and another guy were leaning up against a wall. All of a sudden we hear this load smack and bright white flash. My friend and this guy both dropped to the ground. Lighting had struck either the building or close enough to the building that it traveled up the metal wall and zapped both of them. They were both fine. But it was scary to see.

    Again glad you are okay. I too enjoy your posts. John HH
    "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

    --  Abraham Lincoln

  5. #5
    us
    Dec 2009
    U.S.A.
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Glad you are okay! Wow, that would have really given me a good ol' fashion scare.

    apush

  6. #6
    us
    Dec 2010
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Glad to know you are alright!

    A few years ago, a similar thing happened here...I thought lightning had hit our house, but actually hit the house next door, and it burned to the ground.


  7. #7
    us
    May 2011
    Southwest Florida
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    I used to have a job as phone support at a local dial-up Internet company. After a big storm went through we'd always get calls about people trying to get in and getting "no dial tone". It was because their modem was fried by the storm. Fried computers were pretty rare (usually their TV, stereo, etc. would be toast too, in that case). They'd always protest that answer, saying they had a surge protector. Of course, the majority of surge protectors don't protect the phone line, and even when they have that feature, most people don't think to use it.

    In fact, a surge protector is a very good thing to have (a UPS is a much better thing to have), but it has limits. A lightning bolt just jumped through miles of open air, it would have no problem jumping over a foot of surge protector if it hit your phone or power line directly; it would probably just vaporize it. Near misses produce powerful electric fields that induce spikes and brownouts and other sorts of noise on power and phone lines, and that's what surge protectors are guarding against. With direct hits, you should expect to lose a lot of electronics (though some will randomly be untouched). That's what insurance is for.

    Stay safe!

  8. #8
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    May 2011
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Wow Buddy, Pretty crazy stuff. I have never had that close of a call, and I hope I never do. That is scary. Glad to hear you are fine. Hey, here is something that I still cant get over, I heard a couple of years ago, that lightning strikes from the ground up... I really didnt believe it, but after some research, it seems that most of the time, lightning goes from the ground up, and not the sky to the ground. Is that "common knowledge" or is it new to some of you?

  9. #9
    us
    May 2009
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    i have known for years that lightning starts from the ground and i find it funny when somebody says that lightning only comes from the sky and not from the ground.

  10. #10
    us
    Oct 2009
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Waiting to hear the tree uprooted some coins.....

  11. #11
    us
    Mar 2011
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!


    I'm glad you are ok ChainChomp!!

    Keep it up and HH!! R.I.P. Rich Hartford

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2010
    Colorado Springs CO.
    Bounty Hunter QS
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Thank you all for your kind words, and encouraging posts! TheRockDoc, i have never heard of that! now im telling other people i know, and they have never heard that too! thats very interesting! thanks for the info! Cap'n, just wondering, so during a lightning storm is the safest thing to do unplug all electronics? Clovis, thats really scary! not im gonna go dig a trench, and hide in it during a storm so my house doesnt burn down...Yager, that sounds REALLY REALLY scary, im so sorry to hear that happened to you and your friends, though im glad you and your friends are ok! Keep it up and hh! [R.I.P. Rich Hartford]
    CHAINCHOMP

  13. #13
    us
    May 2011
    Southwest Florida
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Unplugging stuff is the safest thing to do, but that means unplugging everything - power, phone lines, cable, etc. It's not a guarantee (if lightning actually hits your house, it could do almost anything, or nothing at all), but it does reduce the odds of something getting fried. It may be impractical though. I live in Florida, so if I unplugged everything every time it stormed, I would be living like a caveman during the summer.

  14. #14
    us
    Mar 2010
    Colorado Springs CO.
    Bounty Hunter QS
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    Quote Originally Posted by captainfwiffo
    Unplugging stuff is the safest thing to do, but that means unplugging everything - power, phone lines, cable, etc. It's not a guarantee (if lightning actually hits your house, it could do almost anything, or nothing at all), but it does reduce the odds of something getting fried. It may be impractical though. I live in Florida, so if I unplugged everything every time it stormed, I would be living like a caveman during the summer.
    thank you very much, in CO we dont get TOO many thunder storms, so ill unplug everything just to be safe. thanks again! Keep it up and hh! [R.I.P. Rich Hartford]
    CHAINCHOMP

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    Jul 2004
    South Florida Cesspool
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    Re: Almost struck by Lightning!

    I was sitting in the kitchen at a house I lived in years ago and a bolt of lightning hit the chain link fence right outside the window about 8 feet from where I was sitting, traveled down the fence and caught a tree on fire. Freakiest thing I ever experienced.

 

 
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