HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Thunderstorms are a common sound in the summertime, so common that lightning strikes the ground about 25 million times a year in the U.S.
This is a soothing sound for some, but that so-called soothing sound can create damage, set fires, topple trees over, and kill.
Lucas Schrock-Hurst was almost killed by lightning last summer.
"As far as I could remember there wasn't a cloud in the sky, or at least nothing threatening looking. and we decided to climb this tree," said Shrock-Hurst.
He and two friends were sitting on a branch for just a few minutes when everything changed.
"It really felt to me like I was, hit by a noise," said Schrock-Hurst.
Most lightning strike victims are struck as they are seeking shelter. A typical bolt of lightning can be up to 50,000 degrees. Schrock-Hurst was hit directly by the lightning strike...and his heart stopped.
"I guess I felt like I was on fire," said Schrock-Hurst.
First responders know how important it is to get to treat a lightning victim--quickly.
"Every second counts, especially if the lightning strike causes sudden cardiac arrest. Every second is going to count," said Schrock-Hurst.
"Have you seen any real affects? I have bipolar disorder, and after I ended up having a major episode about two weeks after the lightning strike," said Schrock-Hurst.
He says he's feeling much better, and after being struck it's not the thunderstorms that make him nervous.
"I feel like I'm bothered by loud noises now than most people are," said Schrock-Hurst.
But he knows that he he now has an even greater chance of being struck again.
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