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How can you tell if your house is struck by lightning ???
Posted By: obxbaby54 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Location: North Central West Virginia
Total Posts: 2394

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 12:44 PM




Don't laugh. We just survived a horrendous lightning storm. It blasted its way through North Central West Virginia early this morning. The sky to the east was all pink and yellow, while the storm attacked us from the west. Such high winds and violent lightning I haven't seen in a long time. Branches are either bent or down all over the place. Ironically, The Weather Channel kept fading in and out ... the only channel to do so. I don't frighten easily but I admit I was concerned about a possible tornado or the house being struck by lightning. At times it almost seemed that I heard the thunder before I saw the lightning. So, how can you tell if your house has been struck by lightning?

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Posted By: Jstangl - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/4/2008
Location: Western Pa/Corolla
Total Posts: 8684

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 12:49 PM




When I was a kid, my uncle's house was hit - the bolt hit a poplar tree right next to the house, came down the tree and went through the foundation wall and started a fire in the electrical wiring. That lightning can be nasty!

Posted By: junepath - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/29/2007
Location: Russellton, PA (Pittsburgh)
Total Posts: 1825

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 12:49 PM




When I was a child our neighbors house was struck by lightening...anything electrical in his house was totally fried. Now of course this was back in the 80s, they might have made houses a bit more sturdy since then smiley A friend of mine lives right at the PA/W.Va border and she said she woke up to a yellow sky...that must be so creepy!

Jstangl
Posted By: obxbaby54 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Location: North Central West Virginia
Total Posts: 2394

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 12:58 PM




I live about 20 miles south of the WV/PA state line. More than the sky was pink. Everything seemed pink. It was creepy and really, really scary. Not something I want to go through again.

Posted By: MichelleVA - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/28/2007
Location:
Total Posts: 180

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 1:01 PM




I saw a bolt of lightning strike my neighbors house and burn it to the ground. I saw a bolt strike one of the lightning rods on my house (I was outside at the time like an idiot). It chared around the ground cables a little bit. Lightning has also struck about every 100 year old or older tree I have here next to my home. I've had close strikes before that weren't direct hits and have lost a few TVs, a ton of answering machines a computer (even with a surge protector) a fridge and a horse (blew his back shoes right off of his hooves). Hard to say if it struck or not, it's just so unpredictable. If you didn't loose anything I would just say it was a close call. If you are concerned about your wiring I would call an electrician to check it out.

Posted By: pghbghr - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/12/2007
Location:
Total Posts: 1010

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 1:08 PM




a little farther north towards Pittsburgh we missed the pink sky but had a nasty looking green sky last night what does the old sailor poem say ? Red sky at night sailor's delight, red sky in morn sailor be warned ?

Posted By: MichelleVA - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/28/2007
Location:
Total Posts: 180

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 1:34 PM




One more thing. The little farm house I used to live in was struck also. We couldn't figure out why our electric bill was so high the next few months (like $300 dollars more than usual). It turned out the service cable was burned in half. Why the house didn't burn down I'll never know. If your electric bill is off I would have your wiring checked!

Posted By: flip-flops - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/20/2004
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
Total Posts: 6051

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 3:01 PM




I didnt see this happen, but DH was in their house on Buzzards Bay in MA.. A bolt of llightening hit the chimney, came right into the house and nailed a salt shaker on the dinigroom table..

Posted By: beachbum98_98 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/10/2006
Location: Belhaven, NC
Total Posts: 4548

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 6:25 PM




[COLOR=Red][FONT=Comic Sans MS]A few years ago, we had a very big thunder storm right over us......hubby and I were fixing the bed when a stuffed animal with a music box started playing music (I guess it was activated by the vibration from the thunder). Anyway, I unplugged the computer and ran downstairs. I told my son, who was playing a video game, that he might want to unplug that.........about that time, a very loud clap of thunder/lightning struck in the back yard..........his TV and the TV in the living room turned off on their own (this was not the electricity blinking them off). The TV in the living room came back on a few seconds later, but the picture had a rainbow of colors around the edges. After the storm was over, we discovered that the telephone in the living room no longer worked (the line was ok, but the phone itself wasn't), the tube was shot in the living room TV (yes, it was an old one), my son's TV and the one upstairs (that I failed to unplug) was shot. We later discover that a CB antenna that was up one of the pine trees in the back yard was the attracting source.[/FONT][/COLOR]

Posted By: zachsmom - (Send PM)
Member Since: 12/10/2006
Location: Ashland, Ohio
Total Posts: 2058

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 7:17 PM




I was babysitting a house a couple years ago when it was hit. It was my moms'. She lost the t.v., her new stove, and a freezer full of beef. We didn't think about the freezer in the basement and didn't reset it after the hit. We noticed it a few days later by the smell!! The insurance covered almost all of it. I didn't notice it when it happened. I had the t.v. off. There was just a VERY LOUD boom! That same week we had a bat in the living room. I've never house sat for her, again!

Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Piney Woods of TX
Total Posts: 12095

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:44 PM




Our office is on a hill & we have had 3 hits in 12 years. The first one we saw an aura of light come out of the fax immediately after the clap & just got the heck outta the place. The other 2 we did lose the fax both times but nothing else electical. Don't understand why the fax is so attractive, but we are well grounded so when we asked Mr. "Phone Jax" what was the deal we got a bunch of unintelligble stuff about our Panasonic system. On the OB our next door neighbor was 3/4 done w/ their new home construction & it was v. obvious that the clap we heard went through their roof & straight into the ground. Interestingly enough one of them is an architect on the OB & seemed oddly disinterested in this direct hit. They never did say whether the grounding was or wasn't in place yet. It left a huge entry burn hole in the roof. :smiley49:

Posted By: Di - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/12/2006
Location: Near Dayton, OH
Total Posts: 343

Date Posted: 7/23/2008 12:10 AM




This is how we could tell our house was hit. Notice chunks of our chimney all over the yard. This happened during a gentle Sunday morning rain. It was the only bolt of lightning in the entire storm. Go figure!



obxbaby54
Posted By: Liz-WV - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/23/2005
Location: Bridgeport, WV
Total Posts: 9299

Date Posted: 7/23/2008 1:18 AM




That was a heck of a storm this morning. I looked out the window, after the electric went off, and all I could see was flash after flash of lightning..it was scary. Rained hard too, we were supposed to get storms today and tonight too, haven't seen any so far...
Don't laugh. We just survived a horrendous lightning storm. It blasted its way through North Central West Virginia early this morning. The sky to the east was all pink and yellow, while the storm attacked us from the west. Such high winds and violent lightning I haven't seen in a long time. Branches are either bent or down all over the place. Ironically, The Weather Channel kept fading in and out ... the only channel to do so. I don't frighten easily but I admit I was concerned about a possible tornado or the house being struck by lightning. At times it almost seemed that I heard the thunder before I saw the lightning. So, how can you tell if your house has been struck by lightning?



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Posted By: wavedancer - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/7/2006
Location:
Total Posts: 1708

Date Posted: 7/23/2008 2:37 AM




I was in the shower one morning when I heard all this booming so I got out, wrapped a towel around me and went to the window to look out. I placed my hand on the window frame just about the time lightning hit the house. Next thing I know I was waking up in Potomic Hosp., my wife said she found me across the room, cleared the queen size bed, and was in the corner. She called 911, my hands were burned as I was touching the window(aluminum frame) as the lightning hit. Got away lucky that time.

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