Two local men have close call with lightning strike

Nathan Brandon knows better than to stand outside during a thunderstorm, but on Saturday, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It was on the tip of my tongue," says Nathan. "I was fixing to say we were standing in the worst spot we could stand in, and before I even said it." 

It was too late. and before Nathan knew it, everything went black.

"I didn’t see anything," says Nathan. "I didn’t hear anything."

His friend, David Brandon — no relation — did.

"It was the loudest sound I have ever heard in my life," says David.

It was the sound of lightning striking a large tree in the driveway.

"I felt like a freight train was just dropped straight down on my head," says David.

"My brain still worked, but I felt my body just shut down," says Nathan.

Local 6 Meteorologist Trent Okerson says just because lightning may strike a tree, doesn’t mean that’s where the electrical current will stop.

"That electrical current can and sometimes does travel from the tree, though the ground, and even within about a 60-foot radius around the base of a tree. You’re still in danger of possibly getting shocked," says Trent.

It’s called a ground current, and it’s what most likely happened to Nathan and David.

"Lightning is present, but I never thought I’d be struck," says David.

After Saturday’s trip to the emergency room, David and Nathan say they’re going to think twice the next time there’s a thunderstorm.

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