“Bergen County started investing in lightning detection systems following the deaths in 2006 of two teenagers on a Montvale soccer field.”
– ‘Lightning detection systems becoming standard for North Jersey fields‘
from The Bergen Record, Sunday, July 25, 2010
… one life can make a difference. (Thank you, Lee Weisbrod and Steve Fagan.)
Yesterday my area of Bergen County received not one but two lengthy and powerful thunderstorms both of which made me want to crawl in bed and hide for their duration.
Unfortunately, the first canceled a trip to the beach that my family had planned for the day. Luckily, we didn’t suffer an attack from Mother Nature, like one local family did.
About 10 minutes away in the neighboring town of Emerson, one family awoke on Monday morning to a small fire and leaving a gaping hole of about 6 inches in their one-family home’s attached garage. The cause: a lightning bolt strike.
Read the full story here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/071910_Lightning_bolt_causes_Emerson_garage_fire.html
An Oklahoma man was recently struck by lightning yet lived to tell the tale. Hear his amazing account (along with his wife’s) by watching the clip at CNN –