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      06-10-2019, 04:37 AM   #1
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Motorcyclist Killed by Lightning Strike

Wow, WTF?

https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-m...-strike-police

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A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a lightning bolt struck his helmet on Florida’s I-95, authorities said.

The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A photo posted on the agency’s official Twitter page showed the motorcyclist’s helmet cracked and burned from the apparent lightning strike.

The motorcyclist was a 45-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C., Orlando’s Fox 35 reported. His name was not released.

An off-duty Virginia trooper cited by the station said he witnessed the strike happen. The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash, he said.

No other information was released.
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Damn! We had bad thunderstorms roll through this weekend up here in the Pan Handle of Florida, but damn would never have expected that to happen. Lightning strikes on vehicles is pretty rare so I would assume even more so on a motorcycle (strictly because there's fewer of them on the road during a lightning storm regardless if there's rain).

If it cracked and burned his helmet, I could only image what it did to his skull and the contents inside of it. I wonder if this gentleman had a metal plate in his skull that caused it to strike him more than the motorcycle.
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*RIP for the motorcyclist*

Yeah . Last monday , thuesday and wednesday we were also hit by non-stop thunderstorms and 7000 lightning strikes in 24 hours .
OFC . There was damage... => https://www.hbvl.be/cnt/dmf20190606_...amper-inslagen

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That is sad.
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      06-10-2019, 01:37 PM   #5
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WOW, crazy to hear that happened!

RIP to the rider.
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      06-10-2019, 02:55 PM   #6
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If Lightning would ever release their Strike you could have this same headline but nobody will give second glance.
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      06-10-2019, 03:39 PM   #7
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what an unlucky incident...
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Some people defy all possible odds and win the powerball.

Some people defy all possible odds and get hit in the head by lightning while riding their motorcycle.

I know which one I'd choose.
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Damn! We had bad thunderstorms roll through this weekend up here in the Pan Handle of Florida, but damn would never have expected that to happen.
I damn sure expect lightning to hit shit when it's lighting off everywhere. I've been within feet of lightning and I do not care to repeat the experiences. This is easily avoided by paying attention to weather forecasts and observations. I remember being on the highway as a kid with my dad when a bolt hit a hill right next to the highway and we felt the blast hit the truck.

It's gotten a lot closer than that for me.
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I think they said this has happen 10+ times. One time the biker was stopped on the side of the road and he was struck by lighting. Crazy...
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18 years ago, we were riding two-up on a cross-country tour into Denver, CO. Raining so hard the water was bouncing up off the road and getting the undersides of our helmets wet. We were probably 5,000 ft. above sea level. Lightning hit a tree on the side of the road about 500 feet away from and 20 feet above us . The crack of the hit and the fuzz of the electrical energy scared the living shit out of me, so we pulled over and found a small open cave under a large rock. We waited in there for a half hour. Not 2 minutes after we pulled over, a Honda Goldwing gracefully motored by. I don't think there is a motorcyclist's hand gesture for lightning, but I wish there was. He must have been wondering, "What wimps..." I was thinking "What a dumbass..."

After reading this news, I'm now glad I pulled over that day.
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The bottom line is: If you're the closest point between an airborne electrical charge and the earth, lightning will strike you.

The problem with that is, there's no way to predict where that airborne electrical charge will release itself. So what should you do? Eliminate the possibility that you're that closest point. Get lower, and get away from metal. Even if you're not sure, just do it.

This is one scenario where being first means being (dead) last.
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He would have been fine if he had been lane splitting.
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Was he wearing a helmet like this one?

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The bottom line is: If you're the closest point between an airborne electrical charge and the earth, lightning will strike you.

The problem with that is, there's no way to predict where that airborne electrical charge will release itself. So what should you do? Eliminate the possibility that you're that closest point. Get lower, and get away from metal. Even if you're not sure, just do it.

This is one scenario where being first means being (dead) last.
Dr. Brown and Marty McFly would disagree with that...
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Dr. Brown and Marty McFly would disagree with that...
Well, in Hollywoodland, the laws of physics and Mother Nature don't apply, do they?

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