Family Recording In Tampa While Lightning Strikes Their Truck

Lightning Strike Florida

Wild Video Filmed In Tampa Shows Lighting Striking A Truck As It Rolls Down The Road

The Whelan family was driving home from Florida when the incident occurred. Michaelle Whelan pulled out her phone camera to film the storm and caught video of a one-in-a-million occurrence. As it so happens, she also had her slow-motion setting enabled, which slows video recording down after the first few seconds—making for a Hollywood-style shot.

Luckily no one was harmed during the strike.  Her husband’s new truck, which you can see getting struck in front of them, was not as lucky as its electronics were fried.

Florida is one of the most common places where lightning strikes. The inside of a hardtop vehicle is the safest place. The car’s metal body acts like a Faraday cage, preventing electricity from passing through the tires and damaging the car. If electricity does pass through conductive areas such as the metal in radial tires or the wiring to heated windows, it can cause them to explode from the heat.

So what should you do if you are stuck in a lightning storm? The CDC has some common-sense advice for that. If you are caught outside in a storm, try to stay inside the vehicle, avoid metal surfaces, and stay away from trees, wire fences, power lines, windmills, and anything else that can conduct electricity.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. ‘Most insane’ video captures lightning bolt hitting truck in Florida – DesertNews
  2. Lightning strikes Ram pickup in Florida. Here’s why the passengers survived – Fox News
  3. Watch as lightning bolt leaves two vehicles ‘fried’ while driving on I-75 in Florida – Miami Herald
  4. Lightning striking moving truck in St. Pete caught on camera – Fox Tampa
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