businesses and homes in the Lowcountry were struck by lightning Wednesday night
when strong storms rolled through the area.
lightning strikes occurred in the Lowcountry. According to WTOC's First Alert Doppler
Max 11 Radar, 475 strikes hit Bluffton within 15 minutes.
"I would have
been right here," said Aaron Dowell, the owner of Bluffton Marine Sports and
Supply shop. His business was hit by lightning. "I probably would have been
doing some paperwork or working on the computer. That wouldn't have been good,
cause that's like 10 feet away from where it hit."
Dowell said the
lightning struck the tree in front of his store and then hit his store. He had left
the store to go pick his wife up at the time it occurred.
extremely grateful that I wasn't sitting here," he said. "The damage was to the
antennas in here so it kind of seems to me like there must have been some
electricity running around in here."
caused minor damage to part of the roof, and ruined his alarm system, which
he's getting replaced.
he doesn't think the lightning will strike his store again.
hoping that my luck's a little better and I've gotten this one out of the way,"
he said. "I figure this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event."
But one never
knows. That's why Meteorologist Dave Turley recommends homeowners and business
owners get a lightning rod.
"What that it
is [is] a metal rod on top of the house which is where lightning is supposed to
strike," said Turley.
He said the rod
will carry the electricity to the ground instead of through the building.