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"Awareness and Audrey"

3 years 3 months 1 day ago June 25, 2013 Jun 25, 2013 Tuesday, June 25 2013 June 25, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Lightning Awareness Week began last Sunday as we post a few examples of strange lightning episodes. On June 26, 1969, lightning struck the Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery in Minnesota; 19,000 fish were fried. It seems obvious to distance oneself from metal objects during a lightning storm and keep Fido away too. However, in Inverness, FL on June 25, '96, a bolt of lightning blasted a backyard clothes-line, sending the charge through the leash. Many will remember today's date as Hurricane Audrey gathered momentum in the northwest Gulf of Mexico in 1957. It hit the Louisiana/Texas border on June 27 with a 12 foot storm surge and wind gusts of 180 miles per hour, setting a record for the most storm deaths in the month of June at 390.

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