TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Darrell Brewton said his wife was sitting inside a vehicle Tuesday afternoon, waiting for the light to change.
That’s when she and her service dog got the surprise of a lifetime.
“I turned around and just saw a white light and the glowing of the antenna from where the lightning had struck the antenna of the car. I had a ‘zinging’ pain from where it had gone through the car and gone down my leg. My leg is still numb," Samantha Brewton told Tucson News Now.
The vehicle was struck by a bolt of lightning at the intersection of Kolb and Valencia in Tucson around 1:00 p.m.
“All the gauges over there were not happy. The gas light doesn’t work anymore," she said.
Brewton said the lightning hit the car’s antenna, which was left charred. She said the radio is having problems, but no one inside the vehicle was injured.
“I’ve always been told the safest place in a thunderstorm is in the car. I don’t feel that way now. Not at all," she said. “After this, I don’t want to be anywhere near a thunderstorm. I want to be safe at home.”
In actuality, lightning flows around the outside of a car, and the majority of the current flows from the car’s metal cage into the ground below.
According to experts at The Weather Channel, if you are driving you should pull to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights, turn off the engine and wait out the storm. They say that you should fold your hands in your lap and avoid touching anything metal within the car. You also should not to touch the radio or talk on a cell phone, especially if it is connected to your vehicle.