Have you ever seen lightning hit a tree? We had a tree about 20 feet from our house out back. I was hearing the rain slam against the windows, and the thunder and lightning was pretty bad. It was a pretty bad storm, and my family was getting frightened. We ended up having to call a company that does Long Island tree removal after the storm.
I looked out the back window facing the back yard and was watching the rain and flashing lightning. While I was watching, a blinding light flashed in front of my eyes. I either felt or imagined a sense of static electricity in the air as it was happening. I saw afterimages of the lighting strike superimposed over an image of the back yard. The lightning hit the tree and spread out along the ground toward the shed. The tree blew apart. I am amazed that the wood shrapnel did not break the window. The immediate sound that followed shook the entire house. I felt a thump of the shockwave in my chest. I really do not know how the window did not break that I was standing and looking out of. My wife and kids screamed. I tell you that I was pretty shook up too.
The top of the tree, except for a stump about five foot high, was laying on the ground. I am glad it fell away from the house. The tree had to be about 60 feet high. It was the only damage from the storm. Nothing was hit, and there was just the tree to clean up and some grass to replant. It could have been so much worse. I have been outside in the lightning when it was not raining so hard. I will not be doing that again. At the first sign of a storm, I am not hanging out next to the windows either!