Amarillo resident explains what happened when lightning struck his house
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:25:46 GMT —
As the area braces for another night of severe weather, many are still recovering from the tornado scare early Friday morning. Some people are spending the day assessing the damage caused by that storm.
It was an active morning, with a lot of people feeling a little sleep deprived Friday. Amarillo seeing everything from damaging hail, winds, and yes, even those tornado sirens waking people from their sleep.
"The wife and I gathered up our two dogs we come out to the garage and walked out here to get into our storm shelter," said Scott Minton, Canyon resident.
Taking shelter is what we all did. From flooding, hail, high winds, and lightning, Mother Nature gave Potter and Randall Counties a beating. Scott Minton and his wife got a shock when his sprinkler system took a hit from a bolt of lightning.
"Once we got into the storm shelter we sat down we've got flashlight and stuff in there so we have light. Sat down and we just get seated there was a big clap of thunder bright flashing lights. And then we heard something bounce off the outside of the shelter," said Minton.
That something was the burnt face of his sprinkler system.
"It burned the plug in socket, it blew a hole in the wall, it completely burned everything in the controller box," said Minton.
He lives near I-27 and McCormick, where it's thought a wall cloud produced a tornado.
"We sent up a meteorologist in a DPS helicopter this morning and this is the damage, The most significant in the Potter, Randall county area," said Krissy Scotten with the National Weather Service.
That damage is this garage near Soncy and Norahs. The National Weather Service said early reports are the garage was damaged by straight line winds and not a tornado. But in Case a tornado does strike, Minton said his family is ready.
"We love the idea of the safety and security of having a shelter".
Meanwhile, the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross said the tornado scare serves as a good reminder to go over an emergency plan with your family.
"The middle of the night you had to wake up and you hear the tornado sirens as we did last night, where's everybody going, what's the plan? Really work that our and focus on that and communicate that to your families," said Steve Pair, Executive Director of the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Pair said the Red Cross has an app to help navigate that plan and stay up-to-date on severe weather.
"How do you make that emergency plan when it comes to putting together an emergency kit. What needs to go inside of that even as far as how to take care of your pets," said Pair.