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In a flash, lightning strikes man while he shoots storm video

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Just as the camera went black, so did the man’s ability to function. (Source: KDVR/CNN) Just as the camera went black, so did the man’s ability to function. (Source: KDVR/CNN)

ARVADE, CO (KDVR/CNN) - A close encounter with a deadly force of nature was caught on video.

Chad Greenlees was watching a storm move in on Monday when lightning struck just a few feet away from him.

He thought he was watching just a normal summer storm.

“Here comes the hail, I think,” Greenlees said.

But as the lightning grew closer to his house, he caught the flash. Just as the camera went black, so did Greenlees' ability to function.

“I was incoherent,” he said. “My ear still really hurts and rings still.”

But somehow he's still standing. Greenlees said, after the strike, he was physically paralyzed. On the video, his fall to the ground is heard, then the video cuts off.

There's no obvious signs where the lightning hit. The Greenlees house doesn't have any damage. Only Greenlees was damaged.

While he is doing fine now, people all across Arvada were still cleaning up.

“All the screens are shredded and destroyed, the siding,” Mary Gibbs said.

Her home is in need of major repairs. The hail chipped away at her siding, and the wind filled her yard with plenty of debris.

“All of a sudden, you could see there were tree limbs down, and it was like piles of hail," she said. "And it was, oh my goodness.”

The storm also knocked out power for more than 11,000 people. But by Tuesday evening, that number was down to fewer than 100.

Monday's storm is one people across Denver aren't likely to forget anytime soon, especially people like Greenlees, who promises to be more careful in the future.

“I don't think I'll go playing around in the rain like I used, I really don't,” he said.

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