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I have ridden through a lot of rain and never given Lightning much thought, except that if it got started and was close, I would stop and get off.


If it is raining when I get up and wanted to go ride, I just don't, never have.
But, if I am trying to get home, I always just kept going, because I was staying dry behind that big fairing and windshield.


That has changed now, I am getting off, and riding another day.

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I copied this from the weather channel
Last year, 20 people were killed by lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. More than a third of those deaths occurred in Florida.

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I remember seeing on the News about 20 yrs ago a motorcyclist was killed by lightning on the Boulder Turnpike (highway between Denver and Boulder). A direct hit, it blasted a 1 foot diameter hole in the concrete pavement. They figure the rider was already dead even before he hit the concrete median barrier! At least he never knew what hit him!

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While in the fire company many years ago during a particularly bad storm we were out doing traffic control with one of the trucks and were basically standing around making sure cars went around an area where wires were down when lightning struck the pole right next to the fire truck. It literally blew a guy under the truck and out the other side! Thankfully he was not hurt. The chief immediately told us to pack it up throw cones out and get out of there. Back then the trucks were not fully enclosed and you rode on the back. And by "throw cones out he meant just that, thrown from the truck on the move!"
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I wonder how many electric modules are fried each year. I know of 5 on one truck that got roasted during a storm/lightning strike. F350 with V10 would still start and run on 5 cylinders, but every warning light was on.
I didnt like the look of a storm, left truck running and went inside, was less than 50yds away when it struck the truck.


I try to look for drive through banks, or car washes, as an escape from rain. Of course if you're in BFE, shelter is scarce.

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Once maybe 10-12 years ago, leading a group ride coming home on Blue Ridge Parkway after a weekend spent in western NC. We had detoured off Parkway for lunch in Floyd, and afterwards, we rode 221 north to aim to get back on BRP north of Check, we stopped at wide spot at Check to suit up as clouds darkened. We pushed on, got on BRP to head down Mtns towards Roanoke, the sky opened up.

We had slowed a lot, but still visability was bad. As I passed a overlook on my left, I suggested some pull in to wait it out, they did except one couple behind us, who were too close to me for me to slow to get that overlook, so I led them and we went to next overlook. We had a choice, get under trees or wait it out. We stayed in open. It was raining buckets, then a huge bolt of lightening hit just a few yards away off overlook, air felt funny, we all felt vibrations, then just as I really got worried, rain stopped like a faucet shutoff.

The others soon came down to our overlook, we all rode to overlook on section around Roanoke at Frontier museum, it was hot then. I was so pleased, no one had a spill, all were safe. But we all needed a break and shed our rain suits.

Was one of two really worrying rides on BRP over the years.






Back in the '70s, I worked some at a Kayo station on Rt 29 south of Lynchburg. We had a porch with drink boxes on it. I was standing there with a big truck driver as we were waiting for rain to stop so could fill his truck's tanks. Nearest lanes of 29 were NB lanes, there was a bridge that ended just as the station lot started, and on that bridge rail was a big steel ball ending the rail. As we stood there, big bolt of lightening shot up from that steel ball, ground shook, and I realized the truck driver was no longer standing beside me. Turned, he was on concrete trying to crawl under the drink boxes. He was OK, but a nervous wreck. Rain stopped soon then too.

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