ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — At 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Eyewitness News Morning Anchor Whitney Martin was awakened by a bolt of lightning striking her home during a thunderstorm.
“You could hear the impact,” she said, describing the sound as a “loud boom” and “exactly what you’d think a lightning strike would sound like. Then, the smoke detectors went off.”
The strike blasted away shingles and tore a hole in the roof, knocking pictures and decorations off the walls below.
Luckily, the lightning didn’t cause a fire.
Late last year, the home of Stillman Valley’s head football coach caught fire after a lightning strike.
Meteorologist Joey Marino said there were two lightning strikes recorded in Rockford during the storm, and added that there is a 1 in 200 chance of a home being struck by lightning in northern Illinois.
The National Weather Service says a typical lightning flash holds 300 million volts and 30,000 amps. In comparison, a typical household socket current holds 120 volts and 15 amps.
Martin co-anchors Eyewitness News in the Mornings, alongside David Greenberg, weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on WTVO and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on FOX 39.
On this particular day, she was on vacation