Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Are the Chances He Would Be Struck By Lightning?

So around 7 PM last night, it started down-pouring here.  We have been having major problems with our gutter system on our house recently, and we just had them cleaned out really well.  I had asked Jason whether there was lightning, because I was thinking of going out there with an umbrella to look at the gutters.  Then I heard some thunder and decided that was obviously a bad idea.

Jason went outside in the storm (without an umbrella), walking around the house and inspecting all of our gutters. Luckily, the gutters were all draining properly and it appears that our gutter problem may no longer be an issue.

While he was out there, there was a very loud clap of thunder at the exact same time as a bright flash of lightning.  It worried me so much that I opened the front door (in only my robe, which doesn't really properly cover the vastness that is my belly now) and started calling Jason's name.  He didn't respond for about a minute, and then he walked around the house dripping wet, of course.

Then we heard a ton of firetrucks and police cars going right past out house.  It turns out that lightning had struck a tree about 200 meters from our house.  Two nearby houses caught fire. Luckily, no one was injured. Here is a map from our home to one of the homes that caught fire:

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I didn't fully appreciate it until I read the news story this morning, but I sure am glad that God was watching over us yesterday evening.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I'm thankful that "Mr. Jason" wasn't hurt. And ask Ian sometime about going outside at the beach during a thunderstorm...