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June 2, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Lightning Blamed for Massive Hole

On Saturday, an intense lightning storm rolled through Windermere, Florida producing frequent lightning along with golf ball size hail. Officials say that a bolt of lightning hit a light pole in the middle of a neighborhood road and then traveled underground and broke a water main. The pressure from the water caused the ground to erupt, leaving a massive hole in the road as you see below.


Lightning strike leaves a huge hole in the middle of a Windermere neighborhood. Image: 13 News (Kevin S.)


Windermere is in Orange County, Florida. Image: Wikipedia

City workers were hard at work later Saturday cleaning up the water and mud. I think it’s interesting to note that even though neighborhood residents did see their lights flicker with the storms, no one’s power was affected in the neighborhood. You would think a storm strong enough to create a massive hole in the road would leave at least a few people without lights.

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