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Bay Area woman survives lightning strike during storm in Berkeley

Lightning strike left Emily Davis with “terrible” metallic taste in her mouth.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   April 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM
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Despite being left with a “terrible” metallic taste in her mouth after she was struck by lightning on Monday, a Bay Area woman is “feeling lucky to be alive.”

Emily Davis was hit by lightning in Berkeley while she was crossing the road after hearing a thunderclap that sounded like an explosion.

The 31-year-old first realized what was happening when the metallic taste hit her mouth.

“Then I saw an orb of light travel down the umbrella handle I was holding in my right hand,” Davis told Berkeleyside. “Thankfully I was holding the plastic end of the umbrella, or else I would’ve been in big trouble.”

The National Weather Service reports the odds of being struck by lightning each year are 1 in 500,000.

Apparently attracting lightning runs in Davis’ family. Her father told her that her “great great grandfather was struck and killed by lightning while sitting on a horse.”

He apparently was one of the 60 people killed each year on average by lightning in the United States.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” Davis said. “My heart was racing. I am just thankful that my shoes had no metal in them. I could have been burned, or my heart could have stopped. I’m feeling so lucky.”


[Berkeleyside]
[NBC Bay Area]

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