Massive storms that swept through Schenectady county on Sunday afternoon has left many without power and National Grid is working now to fix the problems. While many in the area have gotten their power back, thousands of local residents could dealing with outages throughout the evening.
I don't know about you, but growing up thunder and lightning scared the crap out of me. Like most kids, the loud sounds were enough to send me to the closest windowless room with as many of my stuffed prized possessions as possible (by the way, it was typically about 12 stuffed animals, my cat and the radio shoved in the upstairs bathroom until the storm was over.)
A lightning strike at Madison Square Park in Poughkeepsie took down 5 people this afternoon at about 4:15.
Three of the 5 people who were struck were injured so badly they were unresponsive when medics arrived.
According to reports they were not directly struck by the lightning but were standing by a bench under a tree that was struck when the charge from the lightning conducted through the ground
Wow, you have to check this out. An elderly couple in Canada were driving along a highway last month when their truck was struck by lightning! I can't even imagine what that was like for them. According to the report all of their airbags deployed, smoke and heat filled the car and there were even craters left in the concrete.
After an earlier tornado watch (which Jake told us about) was posted for our area and expired, things were pretty quiet, until about 10:15 p.m. I started to receive several severe thunderstorm warnings.
I enjoy a good thunderstorm. I like to watch the lightning as everything gets really bright for that one quick second. That is, as long as it didn't do any damage or injure someone. Of course watching from a safe place.