Charred walls, a burned desk, and blown electronics are just some of the results from a home in Mitchell being struck by lightning early Friday morning.
Brucette Waterston says the lightning strike to the satellite tower on their home was the loudest noise she has ever heard and caused her and her husband to fly right out of bed. Waterston notes the tower sits directly above their bedroom and it took them a short time of searching to find where the bulk of the damage was located adding, thankfully, there was no fire.
"We got up and got ourselves together and I said, 'Doug, I smell smoke.' We had the spare bedroom [door] closed, where my internet and router [is located]. We opened the door and it was just full of smoke. Everything was just a rubble in there. It blew the internet box apart and the router. It burned the desk where it was on, it blew the grate out of the furnace duct, and the wall is all charred in there as well as the carpet."
She says the lightning strike burned all the lead-in wires from the satellite tower.
"It was coming in through the garage too, so the garage wall is all charred and burned."
Waterston adds, after discovering the charred spare bedroom disaster, her husband phoned 911 and the fire department, along with EMS arrived in a short amount of time.
"I was hyperventilating trying to phone my daughter and she didn't know what was going on, so her husband Mark was over here quite fast."
She says the entire electrical system in their house seems to be not working properly since the incident.
"We lost all our satellite boxes and one TV, one TV is still working but the other one, it was toast. We have Christmas lights out around the house, [my husband] found some bulbs out on the lawn, took some of the siding off the back of the house, and blew a hole in the wall there."
Waterston notes she feels fortunate the damage wasn't worse and they were not hurt. She says they have had the insurance company adjust the damage and will be starting the process of getting quotes to repair the damage incurred.
According to National Geographic, the odds of being struck by lightning in one person's lifetime is one in 3,000.
Lightning Strikes House In Mitchell