Texas man nearly hit by lightning strike, says it was 'craziest, weirdest feeling'
Written by kslmadmin on August 6, 2020
Talk about a near-miss.
Justin Howard told KTRK he was sitting outside watching the storm roll in when lightning struck a 50-foot tree in his front yard, right in front of him.
“The crazy thing, I got it caught on camera!” Howard said.
In the video, a fire ignites and the tree then splits in half.
Howard wasn’t seriously hurt but told KTRK-TV he was sore.
“I was a pro fighter for years. I feel like I had a really hard sparring match, like my bones are achy. I just feel like, I feel punched. It was the craziest, weirdest feeling I’ve ever felt.”
“However, this does not always mean tall objects will be struck. It all depends on where the charges accumulate,” according to the agency. “Lightning can strike the ground in an open field even if the tree line is close by.”
When a tree is hit, water inside the tree trunk is turned into steam as energy from lightning heats the air anywhere from 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit to up to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the NSSL.
“If it gets under the bark into the surface moisture of the wood, the rapidly expanding steam can blast pieces of bark from the tree, and the wood along the path is often killed,” the agency states.
John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Lightning Safety Council, told Fox News he’s found that people still believe lightning is attracted toward metal and that people also misjudge their distance from approaching storms, thinking that the lightning rise may be much further away than it actually is.
“The key is, if there’s any threat at all, rumble of thunder or what looks like a threatening sky, you need to be able to get into a safe place very quickly,” he said.
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