On what was supposed be a beautiful April day in Tahoe, a thunderstorm descended upon the north area of the lake and a vicious lightning strike left destruction in its wake.
On Thursday, April 26th, forecasts of serious thunderstorms began to surface, with Tahoe residents and visitors scrambling to stay inside in order to avoid any danger.
Heading out for a day of fun? Watch out for thunderstorms! Make sure to check the forecast before heading out and have a method to get the latest forecast or storm updates. If the skies turn threatening, head indoors! Plan on thunderstorms in the region this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/fmxnsNgWDK
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) April 26, 2018
It was especially dangerous to be on the lake at the time of a lightning strike.
Strong thunderstorm over Lake Tahoe. Half inch hail and gusty winds up to 40 mph are possible with this storm. Don`t be caught on the water in a thunderstorm. Strong wind gusts and lightning pose an immediate danger to boaters. #CAWx #NVWx Details here: https://t.co/Fy2GrwmnzN
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) April 27, 2018
The thunderstorm plowed through the area quickly and viciously. After all was said and done, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District released some disturbing photos of the damage caused by a lightning strike near Kings Beach.
Here are the photos of the incident:
What a scene. The lightning strike basically exploded that giant tree, leaving mounds of charred wood scattered all over the place. Luckily, no one was hurt and it seems like property damage was kept to a minimum.
These photos can remind you of the danger of lightning strikes, especially in the Tahoe area. The most recent story of a Tahoe hiker that was struck by lightning is pretty terrifying. And since your lifetime odds of getting struck by lightning sit at about 3,000 to 1, it’s important to check forecasts and stay inside during these types of storms.
That’s right – your odds of getting struck by lightning are only 3,000 to 1. I think I’ll go play the lottery now…