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fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:55 pm

It was scary but I am still alive and well. We (wife and I) were camped at Wekiwa Springs State Park with some club members and we heard some thunder rumbling in the distance. We decided to secure our campsite for bad weather when lightning struck a pine tree 10’ from my awning and arced onto the awning which I was touching at the time. It knocked me off of my feet and I landed about 6 ‘ away. Everyone standing in the area felt the charge in their legs also. I had a tremor for a few minutes but Rescue responded and checked my vital signs and said everything looked OK. Immediately after the strike my feet were very hot but did not show any signs of burns. It was a harrowing experience. Unfortunately the camper has significant electrical damage but it is insured. I can only thank my God that I survived. I am very thankful for those around me who responded quickly and got me checked out.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby kilbrider on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:04 pm

Wow, that is scary!! Glad to hear you are O/K.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby skipnchar on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:44 pm

WAAAYYYY to close for comfort. Glad it was only the trailer that was damaged. Guess that's why they call Florida the Lightening Capitol.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby Limey on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:55 pm

Good grief! I cannot imagine how frightening that was. About 20 years ago a bolt of lightning struck the ground about 30ft from where I was standing. The bang (thunder), that ensued when it hit, frightened the you know what out of me!

Glad you are OK! :o
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby jp rver on Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:22 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Man!!! I am very glad to hear you are okay!!
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby BAJA X on Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:43 pm

WOW! Glad to hear you are ok. I've always had that fear of getting struck and thank the good Lord its never happened. Hope you get your camper fixed in a timely manner also.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:28 pm

Yeooww. Glad to hear you can still tell the tale.

I had an experience with electricity (and only 120 volts!) about 10 years ago when I did something incredibly stupid at home one night while fiddling with wiring. Even that momentary jolt that sent me onto my arse was enough to instill a newfound sense of respect for electricity.

Glad to hear that insurance is going to cover things - what was fried, out of curiosity - just about everything electrical front to back?
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:27 pm

The damage appears to be centered around the 120v stuff. The 12v system is in tact and operating. Hard to know exactly at this point but the AC and controls are out, The tanbk sensor monitor panel reads the same all the way across, the refrig will not operate on 120v but does operate on 12v. TV, water heater(both sources), microwave, water pump, slide motor, tongue jack, and battery all seem OK. One circuit of outlets is out, all the GFI's survived. The power cord is burnt and split, and one breaker will not reset. The converter may be damaged as well. All 12v fuses were intact. The awning seeems to have suvived with some scorch marks and there is a large burnt spot at the trailer body where it connects that may have paint damage.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby Retired Phone Man on Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:28 am

Glad your still with us. Years ago me and the kids came out of a movie theater and it started raining. I was going to make a run for the car when lighting hit the radio antenna of the car next to mine. Sure glad I hesitated. The safest place is on a golf course. Just hold a 2 iron over your head. Not even God can hit a 2 iron. :mrgreen:
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby crazyaboutcampin on Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:09 am

Glad to hear you are OK. Stuff can be fixed/replaced. Not so much for people. Must have been scary.
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Re: fla-gypsy survives lightning strike at Wekiwa Springs

Unread postby antiqfreq on Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:41 pm

Fla-Gypsy,

Wekiva is our stop over forLabor Day weekend. --gotta get in some canoeing--

We've been there a few times and been through quite a few thunderstorms since we live in South Florida;
but never had a lightning strike near us.

Glad to hear you have survivted it and keep us all posted on the outcome of your trailer.

We just installed a 'inside' surge protector in our new fiver
and the DH just upgraded the converter last weekend as we just added another battery to the trailer
for the drycamping we like to do.

Definitely keep us informed!

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