Severe Weather Awareness: Lightning

By: Blake Mathews and Rodney Harris Email
By: Blake Mathews and Rodney Harris Email

"Around 4:15 this afternoon, a sixteen-year-old boy was struck by lightning at Traditions Golf in Bryan", said News 3's Crystal Galny on July 8, 2008.

"For about fifteen minutes I was basically knocked out completely. I didn't have a pulse or anything", said Land Hudson, the survivor of the aforementioned incident.

Lightning. An electrifying force of nature that has the capability to melt the tacks in your shoes as it strikes with 100 million volts of shocking power.

Is it hot? You bet. Just ask Lane Hudson.

"It's pretty amazing what it can do. Here's the club that I was struck with. It's a graphite shaft, so it snapped it right in half", continued Hudson.

On average, lightning is an inch wide and is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning is the second leading cause of weather-related deaths and on average approximately one-hundred people are killed each year. It can even strike up to ten miles away from the thunderstorm, where skies are clear! Remember, trees act as a lightning rod and being under one is asking for a shocking experience.

"It can happen anytime or anywhere, unexpectedly. And it may not be a lot but I mean it can always happen. So you just have to be aware of that", said Huston, offering advice from a unique prospective.

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