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Dogs SCRAM as lightning strikes their owner causing him to fall to the ground

Man walking dogs struck by lightning
© Saimir Gera – YouTube

In a video recently posted online, three German Shepherds are seen running for cover as their owner, struck by lightning, lies motionless on the ground.

By Nick Whittle, 7 Oct 2019

There is only so much a dog can take. As a storm rolled in over the Texan town of Spring last week Alexander Coreas’ dogs Sophie, Honey and Hazel were not happy. They led Coreas, none too thrilled at being caught beneath heavy skies either, back towards the family car.

Now out in plain view, crossing the car park of Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital there was nothing more they could do than try to outrun the weather. But a lightning strike aimed directly at Coreas’s spine changed everything.

Seen in the video, a bolt of lightning, too quick to register on the film sent 1Bn volts of electricity through Coreas. The impact gouged a hole in the tarmac of the carpark. It blew Coreas’ shoes and socks clean off and set alight his clothing.

The three dogs, naturally, did not hang around. Although the protective instinct of the German Shepherd is well-documented, the noise and suddenness of the lightning made them run away.

Aftermath

Fortunately, Coreas survived. His dogs were rounded up and are being looked after by the family. He suffered, “Fractured ribs and temporal bone and muscle ruptures,” writes the Mail Online. As for the dogs, they would have been terrified but none was hurt by the nearness of the lightning.

The horrific video is a reminder of how dangerous storms can be. In the UK, flash storms are rare but they do occur. It is always best to avoid being outdoors when a storm is overhead. Lightning strikes are usually not survivable.

If you are caught in a storm you should try to follow these instructions, courtesy of Be Storm Smart

  • Move to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest available object, so get down low in a crouched position if you are in an exposed area.

  • Stay away from trees.

  • Avoid metal. Don’t hold onto metal items like bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, or tools. Stay away from metal sheds, clotheslines, poles, and fences.

  • Stay away from water, including pools, lakes, puddles, and anything damp—like grass.

  • Don’t stand close to other people. Spread out.