KSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
We had a nasty storm here in Fayetteville yesterday. I was inside the house for most of it, and right when I flipped on The Weather Channel the room was filled with a brief intense green flash followed by an instantaneous thunder clap. The overhead lights in one side of the house went out, and I thought that the roof of the house had been struck. Turns out that the lightning actually hit a tree in front of the house. Here's the damage-
The tree will probably have to go; some city of Fayetteville workers (I assume) came by earlier and put an orange tag on the tree. Not sure what that means, but I guess we'll find out eventually!
Strange how the city marked it. Several years ago, in Hampton, Virginia, my neighbor had a similar lighting strike to a large oak tree in his front yard. His insurance company paid to have it cut and removed, as well as gave him a nice check for loss of property value.
That pine tree in your picture looks enormous. I'd check with you insurance folks as well.
I know the feeling. A few years ago, a lightning hit a tree in our neighbours garden, right when i was looking out of the window. The flash is enormous, undescribable, and the following thunder just deafening.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3408 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2726 times:
A couple summers ago I was out in the backyard and I went inside the shed to get something. Just as I was about to turn around and come out the dark interior of said shed lit up as if someone just dropped a nuke on it and at the same time came the thunder, still the loudest sound I've ever heard. I ran out thinking the world just ended, everyone in the house ran out to see where it hit, and the neighbor ran out yelling what the hell was that...
No I didn't ruin my pants, but I wasn't far from that point at all. Yes my ears were ringing for a while.
Tootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
Years ago I was with friends in their cabin near Bemidji, MN. Lightening struck the cabin. The sounds is incredible - you are deaf for hours afterward. The smell is intense, I can remember it but can't really describe it. And while we all pretty much knew what happened, we were still in disbelief.
Second time, I was in Mazatlan when a hurricane / tropical strom made a pass just off the coast. The lightening was amazing. We lost power for most of the night. I was in a hotel on the 3rd floor. The hallways were open corridors on the outside of the building. Finally, I had enough and needed to pee. You had to walk basically to the front door (leading tot he outside) and then turn into the bathroom. I was about two steps from the door when the lightening struck just outside. The edge of the door had rays of bright brilliant white light. It looked like a scene from a really scarey movie. I about peed my pants and when directly back to bed.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
Our house in Perth got hit by lightning a couple of months ago.
I was home sick with a fever and intence head ache. Not only did the lighting hit our house, it set off our house alarm, and the security company couldn't get one of their guys to our house to fix it for another 8 hours! That really didn't help my head ache.
At around 8 PM, the police came to our house (about 10 hours after the alarm went off) and asked us if there were any problems, as our house/burglar alarm had gone off. We said there was no problem, but I thought to myself, "if there were burglars, they could have been half way around the world by now, and the police come now?"
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
Had the same thing happen to my trees just 15 ft from the house...my bedroom window. Scared the f*cking Sh*t out of me. I was trying to get some rest before work and thought the storms were tapering off: Then a a loud POW...it wasn't a thunderclap...it was a loud blast sound...like a large caliber high powered rifle going off right outside my window. Thought too the house was hit and was surprised that: A ) I still had electric power B ) I didn't see daylight through a hole in the ceiling C ) My house wasn't on fire. I was almost afraid to look outside but then saw hunks and chips of wood all over my back yard. Went out and neighbors came running up to me asking if I was alright. Smell of burning wood and hunks of wood on the house as well. One neighbor saw it hit and said he couldn't believe the house wasn't affected from all the sparks and pieces of burning wood flying about.
The trees died soon after. It hit my prized 60 foot Elm tree and stripped the bark just like yours but, with 2 "stripes. The nearly as tall Sweet Gum tree adjacent to it died as well and I ended up having to remove them to prevent a future hazzard. There was also a deep and long furrow of sorts in the ground going about 10 feet from the trees...and the ground was really hard due to a previous drought. Tree surgeon said the heat of the lightning just sizzled the insides and the peeled bark allowed to much moisture to escape for the tree to recover.
KSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2548 times:
Well, some people that the home owner's real estate company hired (we rent the house) were the ones that came by and marked the tree, not the city. We called the real estate agent, and she said that the tree was scheduled to be removed yesterday. After sitting by the house all day waiting for the workers to show up, no one came. I'm anxious to see how they will remove the tree; as some of you said it is very large and it is slanted in a way that it leans towards my neighbor's home.
Great stories and video posted above. I guess this sort of thing happens more often than I thought!
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
Quoting KSYR (Reply 13): I'm anxious to see how they will remove the tree; as some of you said it is very large and it is slanted in a way that it leans towards my neighbor's home.
From the top down. It's very interesting to see: My trees were big close to my and my neighbor's house that cutting off the branches alone, let alone felling the trunk would have damged ( if not flattened ) the houses. They rappel up the tree to the highest point that would support his ( and his chainsaw's ) weight and rig a rope pulley from the trunk end of the branch to another pulley fastened to the trunk at ground level. When the branch is cut it falls against the trunk, then his assistant ( and with some help from me as well ) slowly lower it to the ground via the rope, where it is cut up and fed to a chipper. Process is repeated for the rest of the branches. The same for the trunk, in sections from the top till the bare trunk is 20 feet high or so. Then notches are cut at the base in the direction they want it to fall and the cut is made from the opposite direction. It hits the ground with a hell of a thump....kinetic energy indeed.
Looks very dangerous as when the larger branches and pieces of trunks fall against the main trunk the the guy up top as to swing and avoid them, plus the trunk lurches and sways when they hit. Very interesting. Very tiring as well, as it was hard work helping them drag branches and cut up pieces of trunk to the truck or chipper. They gave me a break on the price for helping, and the insurance covered most of the removal cost.