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Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:31 PM

Don't stand outside in a lightning storm!

Last night, we had a lightning storm that seemed to go on and on and on forever (the lightning). Unfortunately, some people didn't take shelter to get out of the lightning storms and thus got struck...I hope they recover...the reason I mentioned it was in fact, such an unusual storm w/ the constant and long term lightning.

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Paramedics took four adults to the hospital after they were struck by lightning in south St. Louis City during Sunday's severe storms. Shortly after 8 p.m., firefighters were called to Marquette Park at Montana and Louisiana in Dutchtown for a report of an electrocution. Authorities said four people were transported to the hospital, three in serious condition and one critically hurt.

Aber Ordonez said he and a group of others were playing soccer at the park before the storm rolled in. He said his brother, Noe Ordonez, was sitting in a lawn chair when he was struck by lightning. Ordonez said the bolt was so powerful it hit the side of his face before knocking his shoes off. He said his 28-year-old brother is still in the hospital and is unsure what his outcome will be.
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SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 OP
Sherman A1 Jul 2020 #1
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #2
Sherman A1 Jul 2020 #4
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #6
Sherman A1 Jul 2020 #7
Blue Owl Jul 2020 #3
Laffy Kat Jul 2020 #5

Response to SWBTATTReg (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:34 PM

1. Yeah, they were pretty good storms

last night. The rain gauge only showed about 1.5 inches this morning so I am guessing it was more of a light show than a rain event.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:41 PM

2. In the city, we had at least 4 major waves of very heavy rain, and I mean very heavy.

Hopefully all is okay and safe w/ you where you're at...and we got yet more rain to come today. These storms are feeding themselves, I suspect. Take care.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:43 PM

4. All good here

I heard from a friend this morning who lives on the South Side that it was a pretty stormy night. It was nice enough in the early evening to sit out and watch the hummingbirds at the feeders for us.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:55 PM

6. Sounds really nice (the hummingbirds), I'm in the south side of the city, Dutchtown. It was

a rather unusual storm w/ all of the lightning and I didn't take my dogs outside for their usual break (have 3 of them, 2 of whom wouldn't go outside anyways due to the thunder and lightning). I really hadn't seen so much lightning in quite a while, it would have been somewhat nice to watch but kind of dangerous really w/ all of the lightning.

On one outing (a five minute trip to go to Burger King by the house to get a quick meal), by the time I got home, parked in the garage, the rains (very heavy) had started up yet again! I was trapped in the garage for about 15 minutes until it abated enough so I could run up to the house and get in quickly. These periodic heavy spells of rain was something else too.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:13 PM

7. Stay safe

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:42 PM

3. Unless you're Donald Trump

n/t

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:46 PM

5. Not just DURING a lightening storm.

I came close to being struck quite a few miles away from a storm about a month ago. The actual storm was southwest of me,while I was walking to my car after work. It was barely sprinkling and there was a lovely rainbow. As I was exiting the building the security guard offered me an umbrella which I declined because the rain was so light. That decision may have saved my life. Halfway to my car I suddenly felt a static charge and the bolt hit a few hundred feet to my west. The thunderclap was simultaneous and deafening.

Be careful out there.

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