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Offline BDL69

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Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:40:10 PM »
Hi guys,

Last night a bolt of lightning destroyed a huge white pine in our yard.  Thankfully it fell about the only way it could without causing major bodily or home damage.  It did take three other trees with it however.  Because of the storm our kids were in our room, two sleeping on the floor, two others in our bed.  The two on the floor actually received strong shocks, enough to actually make them cry.  (two girls ages 11 and 13).  Anyway my question to you is this...They all have metal bunk beds they normally sleep in....could this have turned out much worse or am I overly concerned?
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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2013, 05:10:07 PM »
What kind of flooring was in the room? Was it on a slab?
There could have been high currents passing through the floor during the strike.
Glad to hear that they are OK.

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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2013, 05:27:10 PM »
I think they would have been fine. Now if lightning hit the house that may have been a different story. Thankfully you guys are OK!




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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2013, 06:49:35 PM »
Thanks guys.  We actually have a basement, no slab. Flooring was wood with carpeting on top...maybe static?   It was a pretty unsettling experience to say the least.

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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013, 07:38:59 PM »
I would say no that it wouldn't matter but lightning is capable of doing some weird stuff.
I don't think wood can conduct electricity but I guess a strike any where close by could send  out a charge that could conceivably do something. :???:

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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013, 08:28:57 PM »
It's so random and unpredictable.  I don't think there is any completely fail safe place to hide.  Maybe deep in the earth.

A coworker of mine had his house struck years ago.  There was damage to the outside of the house and it fried his TV.  His next door neighbor's house did not take the direct hit but he ended up with all kinds of inside electronics damage.  TVs, phones, stereo equipment and I think his clothes drier or wash machine.

My only personal experience was a long time ago when we all had hardwired phones though out our homes.  Lightening struck near by and as soon as I saw the flash I got a powerful shock in my ear next to the receiver.  The phone sustained no damage.  Nor did my ear.

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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2013, 08:37:19 PM »
At those high voltages almost anything is conductive. They probably picked up some of the current flowing out from the strike traveling through the floor. Your kids probably have a lower resistance than the wood so they probably diverted some of the current as electricity always wants to take the path of least resistance.

As for the beds, the current would probably flow through the frame because of its low resistance and not affect anyone on them unless they were between the bed and where the current was flowing. Leaning up against the bed while standing on the floor would probably be much worse than laying flat on top of it.

With high currents you can also get induced voltages in metal or conductive objects which can cause a shock.

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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2013, 10:11:38 PM »
Lightning has a mind of it's own and goes where it wants to.   :shock:  There's no method to the madness.  Glad everyone is ok.   =D>
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Re: Lightning stricks tree in yard, kids get shocked.....
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2013, 06:45:00 PM »
Thanks again for all the responses guys, they are all appreciated.

 

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