May 30, 2006

And speaking of lightning...

Daphne woman hit by lightning while praying for family in storm

DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) — Worried about the safety of her family during a stormy Memorial Day trip to the beach, Clara Jean Brown stood in her kitchen and prayed for their safe return as a strong thunderstorm raged through Baldwin County.

Suddenly, lightning exploded, blowing through the linoleum and leaving a pockmarked area on the concrete. Brown wound up on the floor, dazed and disoriented by the blast but otherwise uninjured.

"I said, 'Amen,' and the room was engulfed in a huge ball of fire," she said. "I'm blessed to be alive." [...]

"I was just standing there when a huge ball of fire engulfed this whole room. I don't remember much after that," Brown said hours later as her family helped clean her home. "Concrete was everywhere."

Brown was at home alone when the storm hit, while her husband, James Brown, was at the store and her son and his family were on their way back from the beach.

James Brown said fire officials told him lightning likely struck across the street from the couple's home and traveled into the house through a water line. The lightning continued into the couple's backyard and ripped open a small trench, James Brown said. Pieces of concrete were scattered throughout the family's kitchen — ruining day-old brownies sitting on the stove. [...]

You know, all things considered, I don't think I would be too worried about the day old brownies on the stove.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 30, 2006 12:16 PM

I think the fact that it was James Brown's house had a lot to do with it. Remember in Terminator when Arnie kills the wrong Sarah Conner?

Posted by: skillzy at May 30, 2006 01:36 PM

Was that the one with Danny DeVito, and they play twins?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 30, 2006 01:59 PM

James Brown or James Brown or James Brown?

Posted by: Skinnydan at May 30, 2006 02:02 PM

Or James Brown?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 30, 2006 03:09 PM

::slaps head:: D'OH! No idea how I coulda missed him. He's the first one I shoulda thought of.

Posted by: Skinnydan at May 30, 2006 03:33 PM