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Lightning strike on Doppler radar tower caught on video

By Ben Hooper
Lightning strike on Doppler radar tower caught on video
A Doppler radar tower in Brownsville, Texas, took a direct strike from a bolt of lightning. JukinMedia video screenshot

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A National Weather Service employee in Texas who stepped outside to record storm footage captured lightning striking a Doppler radar tower.

The video, posted to YouTube by NWSBrownsville, was recorded by technician Derek Urch, who stepped outside the NWS building in Brownsville late last month to record footage of a storm.

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The footage shows a bolt of lightning score a direct strike on the Doppler radar tower just outside the building.

Urch hurriedly turns around and swipes his card to get back into the safety of the building.

The NWS said the strike knocked out the Doppler radar during a flash flood event.

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