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2020-08-11 10:15:05 AM  
When I was a kid, I had one hit just a little closer than that at a Six Flags amusement park (Astroworld).  There were probably 30-50 early teens waiting for their parents to come pick them up, at night, in the pouring rain.  Astroworld provided a little place for this on the 610 feeder in the Astrodome parking lot.  There was this little 10x15 shack (closed) and everyone was huddled against one side against the sheeting rain.  A single telephone pole was next to the feeder road a little less further away than the strike in the video.  My friend and I were talking to a couple of girls and this bolt of lightning nailed the top of the pole.  I was perfectly facing the pole when it happened and saw the bolt bend twice - it looked like it retracted from the pole and then sparks went 50 feet in the air, showering some of the teens huddled together.  I thought I was going to have the "shadow" of that bolt seared in my vision for life but it only lasted a few hours.  We all came away with ears ringing and ozone in our lungs.
 
2020-08-11 10:29:51 AM  
I was sitting in my car one day in DC.   It was hot and I had the windows down.    I heard this hiss and had just enough time to turn my head to see what was making it when a bolt hit the traffic light pole right next to my car.
 
2020-08-11 10:31:09 AM  
Of course, that line precedes my favorite Star War's scene:

Darth Vader Feels Blue
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2020-08-11 10:39:47 AM  

rnatalie: I was sitting in my car one day in DC.   It was hot and I had the windows down.    I heard this hiss and had just enough time to turn my head to see what was making it when a bolt hit the traffic light pole right next to my car.


That hissing is scary and I've heard it more than once.  The worst was wading 1/2 mile out onto tidal flat in thigh-deep water on the West end of Galveston island.  I was carrying two graphite fishing poles.
 
2020-08-11 10:40:29 AM  
I spent a year at a bible college built on the grounds of an old mansion. There was this old clock tower in the middle of the quad.

One morning, I woke up at 3 AM with ny hair standing on end. I went to close my window and then everything went white. The tower had been struck by a bolt from the blue and the thunder shook all the buildings around.
 
2020-08-11 10:42:01 AM  
Lucas will probably redo it and make the park shoot first.
 
2020-08-11 10:42:16 AM  
When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.
 
2020-08-11 10:49:02 AM  

Rapmaster2000: When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.


Yep - Florida is the lightning strike capital of the USA.
I have everything hooked up to surge protectors for this reason.
Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.
 
2020-08-11 10:49:30 AM  

Wraithstrike: I spent a year at a bible college built on the grounds of an old mansion. There was this old clock tower in the middle of the quad.

One morning, I woke up at 3 AM with ny hair standing on end. I went to close my window and then everything went white. The tower had been struck by a bolt from the blue and the thunder shook all the buildings around.


***AC/DC music starts***
 
2020-08-11 10:51:43 AM  
And I thought I was displeased with Disney's handling of Star Wars.
 
2020-08-11 10:52:34 AM  
My kooky scientist friend built this time-machine that required an insane amount of power. We resorted to catching a lightning strike as buying uranium from terrorists turned into a sh*t-show.
 
2020-08-11 10:53:33 AM  
You gotta be kidding me!  There was a lightening strike in Florida?  Wowee!!
 
2020-08-11 10:54:24 AM  
On the west coast of Florida some years ago, wife and I were living on a 38' sailboat.  Two slips over, there was a 45' boat with a proportionally taller mast.  One summer afternoon, the normal coastal thunderstorms came rolling in and we didn't think much of it until we heard in nanoseconds, a hiss, then a boom, and a white flash lit up the marina.  Next day we found the bigger boat had taken a strike to the top of the mast.  It fried all his electronics and blew the knobs off his VHF radio.

Just another day in Florida.
 
2020-08-11 10:54:34 AM  

UberDave: We all came away with ears ringing and ozone in our lungs.


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2020-08-11 10:59:59 AM  
I wonder if Palpatine referred to Darth Vader as Old Skywalker.
 
2020-08-11 11:01:16 AM  
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2020-08-11 11:02:51 AM  

Optimus Primate: Rapmaster2000: When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.

Yep - Florida is the lightning strike capital of the USA.
I have everything hooked up to surge protectors for this reason.
Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.


Seems like we've had stronger storms than normal these past 3 or 4 days. Just nonstop thunder at times.
 
2020-08-11 11:08:14 AM  

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2020-08-11 11:12:17 AM  

knight_on_the_rail: You gotta be kidding me!  There was a lightening strike in Florida?  Wowee!!


no, it was a lightning strike.
 
2020-08-11 11:15:40 AM  

Habitual Cynic: On the west coast of Florida some years ago, wife and I were living on a 38' sailboat.  Two slips over, there was a 45' boat with a proportionally taller mast.  One summer afternoon, the normal coastal thunderstorms came rolling in and we didn't think much of it until we heard in nanoseconds, a hiss, then a boom, and a white flash lit up the marina.  Next day we found the bigger boat had taken a strike to the top of the mast.  It fried all his electronics and blew the knobs off his VHF radio.

Just another day in Florida.


I was in the stands at this Buccaneers game when this happened. Scared the absolute shiat out me and everybody else. One of the loudest things I've ever heard. It happened during halftime, so there was a marching band on the field at the time, and they all just noped out of there right after this.

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2020-08-11 11:20:04 AM  

UberDave: rnatalie: I was sitting in my car one day in DC.   It was hot and I had the windows down.    I heard this hiss and had just enough time to turn my head to see what was making it when a bolt hit the traffic light pole right next to my car.

That hissing is scary and I've heard it more than once.  The worst was wading 1/2 mile out onto tidal flat in thigh-deep water on the West end of Galveston island.  I was carrying two graphite fishing poles.


I don't remember a hiss.  But it was raining REALLY hard and we were standing in a foot of water.  It struck about 15 feet away, and really zapped us good.  I would guess as much as 60mA, even at that distance.  There was a heating effect, and full-body spasm, and so on.  I swear I don't remember a hiss, though.  Would heavy rain on water make enough noise to cover it up, so we only got the booms?
 
2020-08-11 11:27:40 AM  

knight_on_the_rail: You gotta be kidding me!  There was a lightening strike in Florida?  Wowee!!


Yes, everyone there is white now..
 
2020-08-11 11:35:06 AM  

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2020-08-11 11:47:07 AM  

Optimus Primate: Rapmaster2000: When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.

Yep - Florida is the lightning strike capital of the USA.
I have everything hooked up to surge protectors for this reason.
Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.


Working in Tampa for 10 years I saw plenty of lightning strikes. The thing I didn't realize was that there was color to lightning bolts. I've seen pale pink, blue and green strikes.
 
2020-08-11 11:49:23 AM  
🎵 God hates America 🎶
 
2020-08-11 12:01:17 PM  

flamark: Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.


Yeah, those DirectTV dishes are just a big fat target to invite a huge surge into your home and destroy your TV and everything else connected to it.  I had lightning hit the rain sensor for my sprinkler system once.  It sent a surge into my garage that blew up my sprinkler systems control unit.  Luckily that was it.
 
2020-08-11 12:01:40 PM  
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2020-08-11 12:06:35 PM  

Optimus Primate: Rapmaster2000: When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.

Yep - Florida is the lightning strike capital of the USA.
I have everything hooked up to surge protectors for this reason.
Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.


Get a whole house surge protector.
And still plug everything into a surge protector.
 
2020-08-11 12:17:44 PM  

UberDave: rnatalie: I was sitting in my car one day in DC.   It was hot and I had the windows down.    I heard this hiss and had just enough time to turn my head to see what was making it when a bolt hit the traffic light pole right next to my car.

That hissing is scary and I've heard it more than once.  The worst was wading 1/2 mile out onto tidal flat in thigh-deep water on the West end of Galveston island.  I was carrying two graphite fishing poles.


hissing, you say? maybe that explains the mongolian death worm?
 
2020-08-11 12:26:34 PM  

JimmyFartpants: Habitual Cynic: On the west coast of Florida some years ago, wife and I were living on a 38' sailboat.  Two slips over, there was a 45' boat with a proportionally taller mast.  One summer afternoon, the normal coastal thunderstorms came rolling in and we didn't think much of it until we heard in nanoseconds, a hiss, then a boom, and a white flash lit up the marina.  Next day we found the bigger boat had taken a strike to the top of the mast.  It fried all his electronics and blew the knobs off his VHF radio.

Just another day in Florida.

I was in the stands at this Buccaneers game when this happened. Scared the absolute shiat out me and everybody else. One of the loudest things I've ever heard. It happened during halftime, so there was a marching band on the field at the time, and they all just noped out of there right after this.

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the thunder was so loud my Buccaneers were ringing!
 
2020-08-11 12:32:10 PM  

rnatalie: Of course, that line precedes my favorite Star War's scene:

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nice. i was just getting into it when it hit me.
 
2020-08-11 12:34:40 PM  

Optimus Primate: Rapmaster2000: When my parents moved to Central Florida, they were told that it was only a matter of time that their house would be struck by lightning.  It took about 5 years.  Blew up the cable modem and the sprinkler system.

Yep - Florida is the lightning strike capital of the USA.
I have everything hooked up to surge protectors for this reason.
Seen more than one friend lose thousands of dollars in electronics in a few seconds.
Been here ten years and haven't personally been affected, yet.


Make sure that:

1.  Your home is up to standards for electricity wiring (usually is in modern homes)
2.  Your cable TV installation (or internet cable installation) is grounded.  This is as often not done..  No surge protector in the world is going to help when the bolt comes in on the cable wire.  Ask me how I know.  :)
 
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2020-08-11 12:45:47 PM  
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2020-08-11 12:47:40 PM  

HailRobonia: JimmyFartpants: Habitual Cynic: On the west coast of Florida some years ago, wife and I were living on a 38' sailboat.  Two slips over, there was a 45' boat with a proportionally taller mast.  One summer afternoon, the normal coastal thunderstorms came rolling in and we didn't think much of it until we heard in nanoseconds, a hiss, then a boom, and a white flash lit up the marina.  Next day we found the bigger boat had taken a strike to the top of the mast.  It fried all his electronics and blew the knobs off his VHF radio.



Just another day in Florida.


I was in the stands at this Buccaneers game when this happened. Scared the absolute shiat out me and everybody else. One of the loudest things I've ever heard. It happened during halftime, so there was a marching band on the field at the time, and they all just noped out of there right after this.


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2020-08-11 12:48:29 PM  
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2020-08-11 1:18:47 PM  

DragonIV: Make sure that:

1.  Your home is up to standards for electricity wiring (usually is in modern homes)
2.  Your cable TV installation (or internet cable installation) is grounded.  This is as often not done..  No surge protector in the world is going to help when the bolt comes in on the cable wire.  Ask me how I know.  :)


I don't own a surge protector.  The one thing they don't protect against is lightning.

For thunderstorms we just unplug our computers and any other electronics we want to keep.

Closest hit I am aware of was about five houses away.   It looked and sounded like it hit the roof over my head, and I went out in the rain to make sure we weren't on fire.

/Didn't lose anything.
 
2020-08-11 1:24:47 PM  

JimmyFartpants: I was in the stands at this Buccaneers game when this happened. Scared the absolute shiat out me and everybody else. One of the loudest things I've ever heard. It happened during halftime, so there was a marching band on the field at the time, and they all just noped out of there right after this.


Why doesn't lightning ever strike a Falcons home game?

/Saints fan
//no serious beef with Tampa despite being in the same division
///would love to see the Falcons' stadium (with roof open) struck by God and I bet you agree with me
 
2020-08-11 2:21:55 PM  
studebaker hoch:

I don't own a surge protector.  The one thing they don't protect against is lightning.

Thanks for the feedback, I had no idea surge protectors were useless against lightning.
I live in an apartment, in a 'historic' hundred year old building, so my options are limited.
I'm also waaaaay too lazy to unplug all my electronics for every storm (that's almost every day this time of year, and the odds are way too rare).

I do, however, have renter's insurance.
250 deductible and it covers lightning strikes (as long as they are not part of a named hurricane, which ups the deductible to 1000.00).
 
2020-08-11 2:37:36 PM  

studebaker hoch: DragonIV: Make sure that:

1.  Your home is up to standards for electricity wiring (usually is in modern homes)
2.  Your cable TV installation (or internet cable installation) is grounded.  This is as often not done..  No surge protector in the world is going to help when the bolt comes in on the cable wire.  Ask me how I know.  :)

I don't own a surge protector.  The one thing they don't protect against is lightning.

For thunderstorms we just unplug our computers and any other electronics we want to keep.

Closest hit I am aware of was about five houses away.   It looked and sounded like it hit the roof over my head, and I went out in the rain to make sure we weren't on fire.

/Didn't lose anything.


Lightning can hit your on any wiring coming into the house was my point, not whether surge protectors help.  Surge protectors protect against surges found almost anywhere during load transitions, so you're unwise not to use them especially on sensitive equipment (anything with a circuit board).  Those kind of damaging surges happen when power is restore after loss most frequently.  You can go a long time between failures, but when they happen they kind of suck.  Lost a washing machine circuit board that way some years ago.

But yes, I agree--surge protectors won't help you with a direct strike.  That said...

Did you disconnect your phones and cable modem?  They're both exposed via the phone line should that circuit not be properly grounded.  Cable technicians, especially years ago, were not well trained and often failed to properly ground installations.  Mine wasn't grounded right, and one day a strike hit the next street over.  My network immediately dropped, and I raced upstairs to find blown:

cable modem
router
voip modem
all wired phones in the house

After spending a small fortune replacing that stuff, I decided to check into the wiring and presto--found my cable line wasn't grounded at all.  Now, if your phone lines are buried, that's less of an issue, but if you have poles in your neighborhood...whelp, they occasionally get hit by lighting, and when they do you wanna be grounded.
 
2020-08-11 3:44:15 PM  
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2020-08-11 6:16:22 PM  

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2020-08-11 7:44:54 PM  
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2020-08-11 8:32:11 PM  
That is why you fail. So you got that going for you, which is nice.

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2020-08-12 6:09:07 PM  

DragonIV: Did you disconnect your phones and cable modem?


No landline telephone but we do have cable Internet, and that puppy gets disconnected inside the house before it reaches the modem.

We disconnect the PCs entirely, even the keyboard and mouse, just because they are expensive.  Zero wires attached.

For everything else we just pull the power strips from the wall receptacles.  We're less concerned with speakers and monitors.   The Ethernet cables stay on everything but the PCs.

At this point there is no copper connection between anything in the house and the anything entering the house.  Any wire that gets unplugged or disconnected gets moved at least a foot away from wherever it was.

The whole disconnect drill takes maybe two minutes or less, putting it back together is done in about three.   And it's rarely needed.   There are maybe a couple times a year, that we get those kinds of storms.
 
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