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Gloria Presnall felt a jolt Friday night when lightning struck.

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She was sitting on the other side of the house when it shattered a tree off the back side of her house at 1305 W. Fifth.

“I felt a little shake and of course we heard thunder,” she said. “It was kind of a shock. It shook me a little.”

The bolt split the tree outside and sent bark shooting in all directions for 50-60 feet, she said.

Gloria and her husband Wayne also heard a loud pop. They believe it was the sound of the tree exploding.

They went to see what happened, and were surprised at the number of people who were already gathering.

The bolt hit shortly after 9 p.m. The tree was in an empty lot next to their home, just 10 feet from the curb. It was far enough from the house that falling branches didn’t damage their home. But pieces of bark shot across the street with enough force to break the windows on a pickup topper parked at the curb.

Presnall’s emergency generator automatically kicked on, even though the city’s electrical power continued unabated. Gloria said it was strange. Half the house seemed to be running on electricity and half on current from the generator until an electrician arrived to straighten things out.

She said the Presnall’s underground sprinkler system also needed electrical attention.

The tree was cut down over the weekend and the branches piled at the curb. Pieces of bark are still scattered around the nieghborhood. It left a memory that Gloria won't soon forget.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/1/2014
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