I must say that the sight of the damage to that tree was shocking. I finally realized the power behind such forces of nature.
Thank goodness I've got a camera with an awesome zoom on it since this tree is very tall. The zoom allowed me to get a more detailed shot of the damage to the top.
When looked at up close it almost looks as if the lightening spun all around it.
There is a big long hit near the bottom on the front side that seemed to be the place where the lightening left and hit the ground....because from the base of the tree there is a long slice through the plastic landscaping material under the gravel near the picnic table that carries through until it reaches the grass.
I don't have a clue where it went from there, but a number of electrical things in the house became affected. One of which was my modem that was blown (luckily I had the computer off and it didn't follow through) and the battery in the handset of the cordless phone was blown out. I've only just gotten back online after waiting two days for the service person to come out and get everything running again.
He could see some of the burnt out connections out on the pole where the electric charge ran out to. I'm just lucky there wasn't more damage done.
I put in one picture that I took from the front yard looking over the roof of the breezeway and garage at the tree that was hit just to show you how close this actually was to the house.
My next job is to see if this poor tree is going to have to come down. I have no idea just yet if it will survive this hit.
Well...fingers crossed that the old saying "lightening never hits twice in the same place" is true!!