Homer Hoke of Waynedale Plumbing reported that lighting had hit a pine tree in the backyard of his residence at 4024 Lower Huntington Road. The lighting strike occurred at 7:15 am on Thursday, August 9.
Bonnie Cook, of Geiger Developing, next door to Hoke’s property, said their phone systems were knocked out. She also reported a fried networking computer card. No damage was reported at Hoke’s except for a pine tree with a hole blown through it and branches and debris scattered over his lawn.
Editorial Note: The National Weather Service estimates that 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States each year; lightning is present in all thunderstorms. A cloud-to-ground lightning strike, the most destructive form of lightning, occurs when the electrical difference between a thundercloud and the ground overcomes the insulating properties of the surrounding air. In the United States, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur approximately 30 million times each year.
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