Lightning does strike twice in Bodden Town

| 30/08/2012

lightning_28148.jpg(CNS): A local dive instructor has defied some of the highest odds when it comes to natural phenomena after his home was struck by lightning twice in the same week, the local television news channel reports. While lightning does strike twice, it doesn’t do it very often as the odds of it happening are said to be 360 billion to one, but with Cayman experiencing a significant number of electrical storms, Des Duffield ‘beat’ those odds. He told Cayman27 he could not believe his home was hit twice in seven days. Duffield had just replaced his electrical equipment damaged in the first strike last week when he was hit for the second timeon Monday in the latest electrical storm.

The Bodden Town resident said he was watching the light show, which was beautiful, when the second bolt hit his home and blew out all his appliances all over again.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Should have spent that luck on a raffle or lottery… What a waste

  2. Coalition For A Dump Free GT says:

    It would appear as though even God himself is now dumping on BT

  3. Anonymous says:

    He should check for signs of surface arcing.  Some of our residential land, esp when originally claimed from swamp, were filled with more than just sand and marl.  Old cars, bulldozers, rebar, cranes, coils of wire and cable and other large conductive metallic stuff can be hidden just under the surface and you'd be none the wiser.  The non-uniformity of the the underground electrical fields will serve to attract the arc to the conductor over a larger path than would otherwise occur.  When sandy soil cools after such a strike it creates a fulgurite "glass tube" formation which can have surface showing on marl.

  4. Cheese Face says:

    Kiss me Granny..!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Actually, once you get struck by lightening you are even more likely to get hit again. Once you get hit, you are charged with ions that attract another strike.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is superstitious nonsense. Ions dissipate in milliseconds, not days. If it were not so then lightning would strike the same place over and over again.

    • Anonymous says:

      good point, bro. thanks for en"lightning" us.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope you dumped the teacher that taught you that anon 1352.

      Lightning is the atmospheres way of having an even distribution of negative and positive particles. The earth is positively charged and when you have a cloud with a significant buildup of negative charge in it you get lightning. After the lightning strike the atmosphere balances the negative and positive charges. therefore generally speaking lightning should not be able to strike twice in the same spot. However on rather rare occasions one lightning strike may not rebalance the atmosphere.

      However we need to look at time. In the case given in this thread lightning sturck the same spot twice but over a period of time that allowed the imbalance to redevelop.

  6. Truth Hurts says:

    Bummer dude….getting your stuff fried twice in a week. At least no one got hurt!

    • Anonymous says:

      Question:  Is it possible for lightening to strike a home or trees outside and only damage appliances or can it hit people in the house too.

      When the lightening struck at Bodden Town, I was so frightened,  I went under the bed, lol !!  I amnot a child but a senior citizen.  Was that a good idea.