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    Lightning Damage - Franklin, Ohio


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    Photographer Rick Murray, Warren County EMA
    Date taken April 12, 2007
    Location Near Franklin, Ohio (Warren County)     map
    Event Lightning damage

    Additional notes
    Lightning struck this home causing the ceiling to collapse, and created a hole in the roof several feet in diameter.  One person was injured in this room by falling debris.

    Related NWS Product: Special Weather Statement (for frequent cloud to ground lightning)

    Safety Note: When a lightning bolt hit this house, it hit with a force powerful enough to blow out large pieces of roof and ceiling.  However, despite creating a large hole directly into the home, notice the lack of burns or fire damage anywhere in this photo.  This is because the electrical and plumbing fixtures in the house conducted the surge of electricity from the roof, through the walls of the home and to the ground.  For this reason, one of the safest places to be in a lightning storm is in the center of your home, away from doors and windows (where lightning can enter unobstructed).  Though the interior of a home is relatively safe, lightning striking a home can still cause significant damage (as shown here), or cause the house to catch on fire.

    Be aware that the National Weather Service does not issue warnings for lightning, no matter how frequent it is.  This because all
    thunderstorms produce lightning, and any bolt could be fatal.  For this reason, it is important that all thunderstorms be taken seriously, and that precautions be taken any time thunder is heard.

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