Damage Caused by Single Lightning Storm

Consider the extent of damage caused by just a single lightning storm:

  • Knocked out power to a major international airport, causing flights to be rerouted or delayed.
  • Set a house on fire and caused a tree branch to fall on another.
  • Ignited trees in residential neighborhoods.
  • Caused a traffic signal failure.
  • Closed freeways by toppling trees and a power pole with live wires.

This does not include the unreported damage to electronic equipment in homes and business throughout the metro area.

[Photo by Orange County Fire Department]