|National Weather Service|
I was worried about Miss SaraJane, standing out in this thunderstorm. I could lure her into the barn easily with food, but I was afraid to go outside since that last strike was so close. As I was standing at the window, watching SaraJane and fretting for her safety, I saw lightning strike behind her. I heard a loud "POP!" and saw the flash. It was so close that SaraJane reacted as if someone had goosed her in the fanny. She jumped forward a few feet, trotted a few yards away and began sniffing the ground. I wondered if she might have felt a tingle from the lightning.
That was a close call, as the lightning struck the house right behind SaraJane.
My neighbor was at her kitchen window when it hit and she saw concrete shingles fly from her roof. It also took out their well pump, so they've been without water until a new pump is installed today.
It was crazy to actually see a lightning strike that close up. I'm sure glad it spared SaraJane and that my neighbors are alright.
Have you ever had a close encounter with lightning? Do you take extra precautions to protect your horses?
June 24-30, 2012 is Lightning Safety Week. Be informed and be cautious during thunderstorms. Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ for information.