Local Mother & Children Only Feet Away When Lightning Strikes Home


By: Lanetra Bennett
April 30, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Heavy rain wasn't the only problem Wednesday. Just ask one Tallahassee family. A mother says she and her kids were just feet away when a bolt of lightning hit their home.

Angela Baldwin says she was getting ready to take her 12 and two-year-old daughters to school Wednesday morning, and when her oldest daughter closed the car door, "It was only a few seconds later, we heard this big crash, loud crash; and this big bolt of fire. I could actually feel the heat on my arm." Says, Baldwin.

Baldwin says lightning hit their home in northwest Tallahassee just before 7 a.m.

She says, "When my daughter, my oldest daughter, got ready to get out of the car, I didn't hear her say anything when I called her name. So, that was really nerve-wrecking for me. I just thought that something was wrong. If she had been a few seconds later getting into that car, who knows what would've happened to her."

The Baldwin Family is grateful that no one was hurt. However, the lightning caused a bit of damage to their home. Several burnt marks go from the front of the house and around to the back.

Baldwin says, "It's just unreal. You never do expect anything like that to happen to you. But, when it does, it just takes a toll on you."


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