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Lightening Kills Motorcyclist on I-95

Old 06-10-2019, 06:45 AM
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A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a lightning bolt struck his helmet on Florida’s I-95, authorities said. The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist's helmet was cracked and burned from the lightning strike, officials said. (Florida Highway Patrol)The motorcyclist was a 45-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C. His name was not released. An off-duty Virginia trooper cited by the station said he witnessed the strike happen. The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash, he said.No other information was released

Man what a bad day.

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Old 06-10-2019, 06:52 AM
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I saw this on the news this morning. It sounded like the storm was really bad from a motorist they interviewed. I guess the guy was just stuck trying to make it through the storm and got struck. when it's your time, it's your time. RIP
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:07 AM
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That's horrible...and you'd never think about being struck by lightening while riding..it's not like you're up high or anything and certainly on a highway like 95..lots of other bigger and higher objects on the highway. And you aren't grounded...tires!

I pull over in heavy rain ...but that's because riding on the highway hurts like heck on your fact above 60 mph. Like getting shot at by a machine-bb-gun. 'course you can have lightening without rain...might have been that.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:35 AM
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Number one killer of horses in America (behind humane euthanasia) is lightening strike. One minute your there, next your gone.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:39 AM
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I know a guy that was struck twice, once on the little metal knob at the top of his baseball hat, once on his roofing hatchet, lived through both
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A guy got hit at Wrightsville Beach ICW while idling around on a jetski near the restaurant docks. Was not raining at the time, but was nearby. I think he lived.

Bad juju. And some strikes are worse than others.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:54 AM
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Lightning is no joke. I was reformed a believer after seeing a lighting strike a tree 137 yards from me on the golf course as measured by my rangefinder. I saw the storm coming and ran to a small block bathroom. I was standing in the door on the phone with the boss and wham. It was the loudest noise I've ever heard and had flash burn on my face similar to a mild/med sunburn. That's being around aircraft maintenance when they used to chain F4's to the end of the runway for maintenance, firing 80MM mortars and not far from cannons. The branch and trunk of the tree appeared to blow apart with shrapnel. The lightening bolt appeared to me be at least 5 feet wide.

That day made me a confirmed believer. If I'm on a course or event when lightening appears, I disappear and take shelter. Nope not messing with it.
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Seen too many people struck in Fla.
Lightning is no joke. When I see it coming, my ass goes inside!!
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:06 AM
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My wife and I were sitting under a shade eating lunch at World Wide Sports (BassPro) in Islamorada when lightning hit a palm tree about 200 feet away. The tree ended in pieces and flames. Fire extinguisher got most. The rain followed and finished it off.
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I can imagine what the exit wound looks like.
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:18 AM
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That was a nasty storm yesterday. Lots of trees down in my area just north of Orlando.
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I have seen two people hit, one was about 10' from a tall pine tree that got struck and the other was my sister. We were getting ready to eat dinner and lightning disintegrated the cypress tree on the river bank next to the house, came in the house, you could see a blue glow going through the ceiling, split when the wire branched and a blue glow went through both fluorescent lights in the kitchen, came back together, does the wall and to the fridge she was opening....small flash and knocked he rock about 3-4'. Neither were direct hits, but both still got enough juice that they guy next to the pine tree spent the night in the hospital and had burnt skin.

Saw a video that this family was filming while on vacation and this lightning bolt hit about 100' from them. In verifying the video, experts said a severe storm was about 150 miles from them and stated that they had seen lightning strikes occur in an area up to 200 miles from a severe storm when there were clear blue skies at the location of the strike. Powerful stuff......
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:46 AM
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Really tough luck. Sorry to hear stories like this. Slightly off topic but I have been told that there are more lightening strikes in the Tampa area than anywhere else. I don't know if that statistic is related to the US or the globe, but I thought it was interesting.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:55 AM
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Very lucky no one killed here.
Volunterr tent was less than 150 yards away.
Merchendise tent was 100 yards away
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:02 AM
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I have had lightening strike 30' away from me. Scary stuff. I was a line service guy at the local airport sitting on a tug outside of Customs. The lightening hit a tie-down ring that was in the pavement. I was happy there was a path of lesser resistance than me on the tug.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:17 AM
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Phil Rizzuto the great NY Yankee short stop had a friend get struck by lightening while on the golf course. When he became a broadcaster he had it built into his contract that when he saw the first bolt off in the distance he could go home. Bill White would always mention his departure, Phil didn't even sign off, he just left most times.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:40 PM
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Fishing guide friend of mine, has been struck twice, still alive.

Crazy SOB came thru a bad thunderstorm once to tow me back from the other side of Big Lake. Went back through the storm, sitting on the bottom of the boat, steering from looking over the console.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:15 PM
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Not a direct hit, but a buddy of mine got knocked off his feet and went unconscious from a strike in a wet parking lot. He now goes by "Sparky"
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