According to KXAN, a city worker was indirectly struck by lightning and hospitalized after a severe thunderstorm on April 16.
Lightning often strikes several miles away from the center of the storm, even as far as 10 to 15 miles from where it is raining. The storm that moved through the Austin metro area on April 16 averaged 21 strikes hitting the ground per minute, and one of those strikes sent this worker to the hospital. City officials said the lightning struck him indirectly by hitting a metal object he came in contact with.
Austin Resource Recover said they are taking a closer look at their policies, to have something in place to prevent another lightning incident like this in the future.
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Did You Know: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Americans have about a 1 in 10,000 chance of being struck by lightning at some point in their lifetime.
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