These terrifying pictures show how violent and powerful a lightning can be… The bolt passed through the windshield of a Ford Super Duty parked at a car dealership in Michigan and destroyed pretty much everything in its path almost splitting the truck in two…
The lightning strike first broke the windshield.
Then, the discharge traveled inside and melted interior components of the vehicle. Apocalyptic!
The strike hit just off the dashboard, splitting it in two. The windshield is severely burned. Molten plastic hangs down from the upper storage compartment.
Almost everything inside the car has been liquefied by the lightning powerful heat.
The car was empty when the lightning hit. Imagine if there was people on board!
Is your car safe against lightning or during a thunderstorm?
Anything outside is at risk of being struck by lightning when thunderstorms are in the area, including cars.
But the outer metal shell of hard-topped metal vehicles does provide protection to those inside a vehicle with the windows closed.
Unfortunately though, the vehicle doesn’t always fare so well.
What is a typical cloud-to-vehicle lightning strike?
A typical cloud-to-vehicle lightning strike will either strike the antenna of the vehicle or along the roofline.
The lightning will then pass through the vehicle’s outer metal shell, then through the tires to the ground.
What are typical cloud-to-vehicle lightning damage?
Although every lightning strike is different, damage to the antenna, electrical system, rear windshield, and tires is common.
- The heat from a lightning strike is sufficient to partially melt the antenna of a vehicle and can cause what seems like a small explosion of sparks as tiny fragments of metal melt and burn.
- A portion of the discharge may find its way into the vehicle’s electrical system and may damage or destroy electronic components, potentially leaving the car inoperable.
- The lightning may also find its way into the small defrosting wires that are embedded in rear windows causing the windows to shatter.
- Finally, it’s very common for the lightning to destroy one or more tires as it passes through the steel belts to the ground.
- It’s also possible for the lightning to ignite a fire which could destroy the vehicle.
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