Lightning strikes a chord in community

A man is recovering after being struck by lightning on Freedom Drive in West Charlotte on Thursday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man is recovering after being struck by lightning on Freedom Drive in West Charlotte on Thursday.

It happened as severe storms rolled through the area, sparking lots of lightning across the Queen City.

The episode brought back memories to last year, when two teenage boys from Charlotte were struck by lightning in Florida.

"Thankful we're both alive and here," the pair told NBC Charlotte after the incident.

They both escaped with bruises and scars but it could happen to anyone, anywhere and the National Weather Service says don't believe everything you hear.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall object.

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
Fact: A house is safe if you avoid anything that conducts electricity.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning.
Fact: Metal roof and metal sides protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Convertibles and motorcycles offer no protection to lightning

For more myths and facts, visit: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml

Paramedic Lester Oliva told NBC Charlotte that a lightning strike "is a very rare occurrence."

According to the NWS, more than 30 deaths per year are due to lightning strikes although there has only been one incident in the United States in 2017.

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