A strong line of thunderstorms moved through Meridian Thursday, bringing very dangerous lightning.
Records show July is the worst month for lightning. Meridian resident Beverly Hopson said she doesn't need convincing. She saw it first-hand at her 13th Street home. Hopson was startled when a tree in her backyard was hit.
"We were all sitting in the kitchen playing cards and we heard a big 'ole thunder," said Hopson. "Everybody jumped in the house. We sat there, and then Ray went outside and he said, 'Beverly, come and look!' So when I went out to look I said, 'Oh my God! My garden!,' that's what I said. I thought it fell in my garden and tore up all my stuff."
Most of the garden was fine, but the tree splintered where it was struck, and much of the bark was zapped off. Can you imagine being under a tree that is hit by lightning? It isn't some place you want to be.
"It really scared everybody in the house," said Hopson. "That's something to see that happened from the weather, like thunder and lightning. I've never seen anything happen like that before."
The rule from the National Weather Service is if you can hear thunder, go inside. Once you're inside, stay away from windows and plumbing, and avoid using hard-wire phones.