Skip to comments.Woman Hit By Lightning Left With "Metallic Taste" in Mouth
Posted on 04/02/2014 3:17:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
An Oakland woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine. Terry McSweeney reports.
A California woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine.
Emily Davis said she has a lingering metallic taste in her mouth and that her teeth hurt a bit after the bizarre event. She got checked out by a healthcare provider on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old woman says she was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon as she was crossing Adeline Street in Berkeley.
$425M Powerball Winner Comes Forward, Wants to Travel, Start Charity Davis was holding an umbrella in one hand and a coffee in the other when she heard a nearby clap of thunder.
"I started to have that metallic taste in my mouth and after that it looked like someone took a picture with the flash, and a bolt of light went down my umbrella hand," Davis said. "My hands started shaking. I couldn't control it for five minutes."
Davis said she threw her coffee on the ground because she could no longer hold it while her hands shook uncontrollably.
Car Salesman Loses Jimmy Fallon Contest, Becomes "National Sex Symbol" According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 500,000. About 60 people each year are killed by lightning in the United States, and several hundred are injured.
Lightning and electricity are no strangers to Davis' family.
Her father is an electrician. Davis' grandfather also served as an electrician, she said.
And to top it off Davis said her great-great-great-grandfather was struck by lightning and killed while sitting on a horse in Missouri.
Davis plans to have an EKG done on Wednesday to make sure her heart is strong.
Representatives from the Katie Couric show have also reached out to Davis for a possible appearance on the show.
Electrolysis of amalgam? Tasty mercury salts.
It does happen. I was crewing in a sailboat race during a thunder storm, and holding on to the jib sheet in case we got hit by a blast of wind and needed to let it out quickly.
Lightning struck the water about 20 yards away, and I felt a surge of electricity come up my arm through the wet sheet.
I let go of it.
It was certainly a shocking experience. Obviously I only got a little bit of the lightning bolt. I presume something similar happened to this lady, or she wouldn’t still be with us.
Iron Man seen fleeing the scene.
” I felt a surge of electricity come up my arm —————”
When that happened to me I was having a stroke.
Or, in the case of Chrissy Mathews, it was a tingle up his leg.
“it was a tingle up his leg”
dang sure wasn’t a tingle in his brain.
I had lightning strike close enough to feel it in my mouth, as well as a metallic taste.
I sure don’t treat it lightly.
A direct hit would have blown her right out of her shoes and possibly other articles of clothing. Passersby likely would have had to put out flames from clothing remaining, her hair, etcetera. It’s a pretty massive zot. Not too many survive.
Knew of an older guy when I was just a kid, who had been struck on his tractor trying to get it into the barn before a storm. He had multiple skin grafts. Looked like it came out at his joints, elbows in particular were a mess. He had lingering memory and balance problems in addition to physical issues.
I’ve had it shoot through the rafters of a garage where I was working, there is a distinct odor. Everybody says ozone but the best I can describe it would be burnt garlic toast.
Another was an airman assigned to an army unit on a training exercise. He was on a field telephone when the line got zapped, and he stopped breathing. The unit's CO was able to revive him.
I had a similar jolt - but I was in a basement (unfinished house) that was taking on water. The well-pump thingy got struck and it traveled across the water covered yard and zapped the crap out of me. I felt tingly for some time afterwards.
I met a guy who had been directly hit by lighting twice! He said that some electrical things don’t work properly around him anymore.
I thought it was the Powerball winner that was the recipient of the metallic taste...
My thoughts, or the silver in the amalgam. I only got bit by one leg of a 220 box years ago and the next thing I knew I was sitting in the middle of the shop floor...and yep, I could taste metal for a few days.
Not Guilty and CUTE!
It blew the bark off about an inch deep and two inches wide and raised every hair on my body. I thank God I'm still alive.
Roy Sullivan, Shenandoah Park Ranger. I remember seeing him on Johnny Carson one night. Had a pretty good sense of humor.
In the category of electromagnetic phenomena, I worked with a lady who fried two computer hard drivers over time. Several times before the computer failed, it would stop working. I had to go over there and touch the mouse, keyboard, tower and monitor before the computer would work again. She had bad vibes. It was odd.
Lucky it didn’t follow a root out from the trunk and knock you off your feet.
That was absolutely the "Bolt out of the blue", and it gave me a different perspective on life for a while.
Well, they did record “Ride The Lightning”.
My son, then 20, got hit by lightning at home while sitting at his computer. It picked him up and threw him into the next room. For the next few months he could see in the dark but he could not walk out in daylight without shades. He kept knocking out electricity by touching stuff. Only permanent damage: one eye is very slightly off line. It is corrected by glasses although only a few eye doctors can diagnose it. One also told him recently he can correct that through eye exercise and may start soon. You learn quickly that doctors generally know nothing about effects of lightning strikes. The only people who were able to perform an examination on his eyes at the outset was an institute on sleep disorders.
The really strange thing was that there was no loud boom only a very loud crackling and buzzing sound. Must have been inside the compression zone or something.
She’ll put a charge in your bumbershoot.
The pine in northern Wisconsin must be more dense than what we have growing wild here, scrub pine practically explodes when struck by lightning, so does poplar. Old folks out in the country say poplar “draws” lightning because they’ve got so much water in them. Say the same about dogs too, no idea where that comes from. Chaining them to trees, probably.
Actually the tree was a red-pine planted by my dad in the mid 60’s. They’re very wet right under the bark where the thin membrane separates the bark from the core. Very wet and heavy until they dry out. It was probably 60 feet tall at the time and still has the scar 10 years later