Lightning strike survivor's arm tingles when a storm is coming

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A survivor tells the story of when he was struck by lightning, saying he remembers almost nothing of the moment the lightning bolt struck, hitting the metal top of his umbrella, travelling up his index finger into his arm. 9News

It was November 2015 and Green's young daughter had a wasp bite he and his wife wanted a doctor to take a look at.

Green said he remembers almost nothing of the moment the lightning bolt struck, hitting the metal top of his umbrella, travelling down its shaft and up his index finger into his arm."My wife said I just simply collapsed.""When I woke up in the medical centre my wife was crying over me and I was just completely shocked. I had no idea where I was or what had happened," he said.

Every year, around five to ten Australians are killed by lightning strikes and 100 injuries are reported, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.Green is one of the lucky majority to survive a lightning strike.For days after the strike, Green said his right arm would not stop tingling. "I even sometimes still do it. I'll say to my wife, 'There's a storm coming, hun' and sure enough, a few hours later, there's a storm coming in."Far North Queensland man Sol Daley was out on the front verandah watching a storm on his rural property in Innisfail in 2016 when he was hit by a lightning bolt."Funnily enough, I said to her, 'Get out of there because there's lightning about'.

The electric current entered Martineau's right hand, travelled across her chest and exited through her left hand. Martineau said for months after the lightning strike she suffered a range of debilitating health effects, some of which still plague her today.

 

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