Lightning Dangerous, Costly

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Scott Woods knows firsthand just how dangerous lightning can be. It struck his home Saturday night, knocking out his stereo, surround sound, air conditioning, computer modem, and a lamp.

Woods says the damages will likely cost him thousands of dollars.

"I ain't got much, but what I've got, I need," said Woods.

He is not alone. Local electricians say they see his problem all too often.

When lightning strikes a home, it can cause major problems to roofs, wiring, cables, phone lines, pretty much anything it touches.

"The last couple of storms when we've had lightning damage, most often it runs from three to five thousand dollars in damages," said Jeff Buckley of Buckley Electric.

That's why Buckley says every home should have its electrical systems run through a surge protector. Phone lines can also run through them. He also says an item called a lightning arrester can be placed on the outside of your home, especially if it appears to be a particularly lightning-prone area.

Woods had none of the above on his home and it looks like it will cost him.

"People say it's pretty dangerous, but you never expect it do something like this," said Woods.

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