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    Default Lightning. It kills televisions.



    And DirectTV dishes.

    We had some serious....and I mean serious lightning Friday night. I sat up practically all night watching what seemed like a new tornado watch/warning every 30 minutes on my phone. Around midnight, during one of the few minutes I dozed off, a strike jolted me awake and I would swear the house bounced on its foundation. It hit a tree about 15 feet outside the bedroom window and blew bark shrapnel everywhere. Apparently one piece, if not many, was big enough to crack a window. Turned on the TV to check the latest live news forecast and boom another one hit. The TV went black. No lights or power on the satellite box.

    A third big boom and the house power went off. Scratch one power pole transformer. When those things blow, they really blow.

    At daybreak I checked outside for storm damage and noticed the tree. Looked up and saw what remained of the dish. Just dang!

    So all in all, I've got one fried tree, a burned up dish, a broken window and a smoked 60" smart TV. Could have been worse I guess. Power company got to me fairly quick Saturday morning, which surprised me and before long power was back on. I know those guys had a long night so I kept the hot coffee going for them.

    I certainly don't want another night like that.
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Could have been worse? Darn tootin’. Take it from someone who knows firsthand��
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Dang, rough night, Jim.

    I had one several years ago that fried appliances, televisions, computers, etc. Thank goodness for insurance.

    The worse part was I was up sneaking a drink of orange juice straight out of the jug when it hit. I slung orange juice all over the kitchen.

    Hopefully you get things back to normal quickly.
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Dang! Luckily no one was hurt and that a fire wasn't started. Lightning is serious business.
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Oh yeah, fried a TV by lightning strike a few years back. Many fused circuits in that puppy. The same strike pushed every nail in the detached garage about 60' from the house out about 2". Most recent strike blew up the chimney we had just rebuilt and capped. Not something to mess around with.

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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Some people think I'm over cautious but I always unplug and disconnect all my electronics as soon as I hear a lightening storm getting near.

    Glad your situation didn't turn out worse.
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    I'm glad y'all were OK, Jim and the damage was limited to what you described (bad as that was). We were on alert Friday night but very little weather materialized. Daughter and son-in-law and their twin babies spent the evening with us in case we had to relocate into the shelter, but it was a dry run.
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    Unplugging all electronic devices certainly works but unfortunately here in JHB in summer there is a lightning storm almost every evening for 2 hrs or so one sorts of lives with it , saying that in the 25 years we have been in this house we have been hit once , and having all the possible protection none works when it hits the house,besides replacing electronic stuff we had to rewire the entire house including the DB boards all melted not to mention the hole in the roof and ceiling , fortunately no fire , I was lucky it hit the lounge and not the spare room where we sat
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Tough night Jim. I remember those storms when I was living in the south. I lived by a golf course and watched a tornado come down the fairway. Just missed the house by about 100 feet, baseball sized hail fell and made holes in the screens of the Florida room. Good luck and stay safe in the future.
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    Default Re: Lightning. It kills televisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerdib View Post
    Some people think I'm over cautious but I always unplug and disconnect all my electronics as soon as I hear a lightening storm getting near.

    Glad your situation didn't turn out worse.
    YEs, this was required behavior when I was a kid. (We did have television then and I don't mean stop motion cuneiform. ) As soon as thunder was heard electronic and electrical lockdown went into effect.

    Stay safe....
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