Man Survives Lightning Strike In The Sierra—”His Clothes Were Blown Off”



The odds of being struck by lightening are pretty slim—we’re talking 1 in a million according to National Weather Center forecaster Jim Matthews who told CBS 13 “it’s very fortunate that he survived.”

It seems kind of obvious, but the odds of a lightning strike are increases when hiking on high ground, such as a mountain top. Matthews adds that “storms can develop very rapidly and be on top of you in a matter of seconds.”

Around 800 lightning strikes occurred in the Sierra on Tuesday, and a paramedic at the scene said that the man’s clothing was “literally blown off.” The good news is, according to his friends, the hiker is going to make a full recovery.


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