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    Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    I live in Pleasant Hill and early Thurs. morning, around 2 a.m., when those storms went through my house got struck by lightning. The storms woke me up so I turned on the television to see what was happening, I then decided to get up and look outside to see what the storm was doing and I heard a real loud lightning strike but it was different than any I had ever heard before so it kind of scared me. I went downstairs to make sure all my patio furniture was still where it should be and much to my astonishment my fireplace had been turned into a water fountain. At first I thought the lightning strike had knocked a hole in my chimney and it was rain water so I ran to get towels and buckets to collect the water. I then could hear my water meter in the basement going crazy. I ran downstairs to see for sure and quickly shut off the water main which stopped the water flow but the damage had already been done. My family room and laundry room were flooded with about a half an inch of water. I've been working with my insurance, service masters, a plumber, and an electrician since then trying to get everything cleaned up.

    The plumber actually said I was very lucky because he said that the lightning strike came down my chimney and hit a copper water pipe, he said the pipe and the surrounding area had actually caughten on fire but then since it broke the water pipe that it put itself out. He said he'd never seen anything like it before.

    Long story short my downstairs is all torn up, the carpet was ruined the ceiling and drywall have holes cut into them because the industrial sized fans that service masters put in place to dry everything out needs to reach inside to make sure everything gets dry. I have no air conditioning since my thermostat and possibly the air conditioner got fried. My t.v.s are junk. Just a complete mess. But everyone is ok and the house is still standing.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Yep...but only took out the TV & microwave.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Lived in a condo on Ingersoll a couple years ago and was watching a big storm out the window. Across the street and few doors down lightening struck an in-ground pool. Wife and I got a jolt of electricity in our condo, standing by the window watching. Crazy feeling.


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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    my cousin had a calf get struck by lightening wednesday night. i found it yesterday with a pack of vultures gnawing on it. bad deal.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    My parents' house was struck by lightning once. All it did was make our phone explode though.


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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    What? You didnt have any lightning rods?

    In all seriousness, that sucks and luckily no one got hurt.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    A family 2 blocks away had their house burn to the ground because of a lightening strike. They had only been there 6 months. They moved there because their previous house got hit by an airplane crash.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthJerseyCy View Post
    A family 2 blocks away had their house burn to the ground because of a lightening strike. They had only been there 6 months. They moved there because their previous house got hit by an airplane crash.
    Sounds like they ****** off a gypsy and now they're cursed.


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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU BET View Post
    my cousin had a calf get struck by lightening wednesday night. i found it yesterday with a pack of vultures gnawing on it. bad deal.

    His right calf, or his left? Why wouldn't he just shoo the vultures away?



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    I'm sure it's a mess, but it beats losing everything to a house fire. Glad everyone is ok and there is still a roof over your head.



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Yeah, glad to hear everyone is ok. Stinks about the rooms, but luckily everyone is ok and the like.

    Not our actual house, but the transformer right outside our house was struck once. And it wasn't even really stormy. Just a little windy and overcast, just some sprinkles. Hadn't heard thunder or seen lightning until right then. It's pretty freakin scary, I agree. It's amazing at the difference in sound. It's literally like a "crack" and not at all like thunder. The exploding transformer outside the house didn't help either. My mom was cutting apples at the time and sliced through when the sound scared her, and cut her finger down to the bone :-/ Kind of a surreal experience though, that's for sure



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    I think I'm going to try to figure out where my water main is today . . .


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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryJohnson View Post
    His right calf, or his left? Why wouldn't he just shoo the vultures away?

    This is the first time I laughed out loud today. Thanks for making my morning so far...



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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    I don't know if the lightening actually struck our house or the transformer in our yard, but we lost a tv, the garage door opener, an internet modem and worst of all the PS3.... with a few calls - none to the insurance company, but to the makers of each of the things lost, we only were out a $200 tv from our bedroom. The other companies replaced the items when we told them they stopped working (and happened to forget that lightening was the cause).


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    Re: Anyone ever have their house struck by lightining?

    When I was young, lightning struck the transformer behind our house. It took out the electric meter, the fuse panel, furnace, TV, and a few other smaller things. There were pieces of that transformer every where. Also, some lovely oil came out of the transformer and soaked into the ground. No grass every grew back in that spot as long as we lived in that house. Back in that day, transformer oil contained some rude things...

    The really messy ones are when the house gets struck and the lighting jumps to a gas line or a propane line...


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