posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 06:24 PM
reply to post by Soapusmaximus
I will relate these incidents to you to convey to you just HOW lucky you were.
I used to live on the west coast of Florida, in the Tampa bay area. Which is known as the "lightning capital of the US". I remember 3 incidents that
happened that always has me running for shelter when it starts to boom outside.
1. Two men were getting their Hobie cat out of the water at a park near Tampa. Lightning hit the mast, went through one of the men, and cooked his leg
like a steak. I don't believe he lived.
2. some fishermen were fishing right at the onset of a storm in a John boat. As one man stood to cast the line, he was hit, the energy of the
lightning was so violent that it blew the bones inside his ears out through his eardrum. Again I don't believe this guy survived, probably
fortunately for him.
3. I had a friend whose husband worked for the school board. He was putting paint cans in a van during a storm and was hit. Although he survived, he
has double vision, severe memory and cognitive problems, and can barely function.
If you hear thunder, you NEED to get inside. If you are in range of the thunder, you are in range of the lightning. It can travel 20 miles in a
And last my personal experience. I was once driving in a wooded area and saw a beautiful thunderhead, probably about 15 miles away. Suddenly there
was a brilliant flash to my right and a HUGE bolt struck in the woods, about half a mile away from me. even though my window was partially up, my ears
rang for around an hour afterwords, and my ear actually had a burning sensation, like from a sun burn (UV from the bolt?)
I have a huge respect for lightning, and believe me you should as well.