“When I looked outside I saw that a tree in my backyard had been hit and my shed was on fire"
(Cowarts, AL)—A lightning strike leaves behind limbs and other damage at a home on Lisa Circle in Cowarts.
Homeowner Shirley Kirkland said she woke up to a loud boom around 1:00 am Monday morning.
“When I looked outside I saw that a tree in my backyard had been hit and my shed was on fire,” Kirkland said.
Aside from downed limbs, the strike also damaged Kirkland’s pool, fence and truck.
“It blew out the windows in the truck that my dad gave me,” Kirkland said. “It also sent a limb plowing through my pool fence and into my line, it was a very powerful hit, “she said.
Kirkland did have homeowners insurance, however she’s not sure how much of the damage will be covered.
“I hope it will be enough to replace what we lost and repairs in the backyard,” Kirkland said. “I know we’ll have to dig out the tree in the backyard and I’m not sure it will be covered,” she said.
According to the National Weather service, there are 25 million recorded lightning strikes each year. The odds of a human being struck are 1 in 1,000,000.