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Man recounts brush with lightning strike

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    Biker nearly hit by lightning strike

    Sunday, August 3 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-04 00:10:18 GMT
    A biker had a close call Sunday afternoon after lighting struck a gas station in St. Petersburg. It happened at the BP gas station on 49th Street around 2:30 p.m.
    A biker had a close call Sunday afternoon after lighting struck a gas station in St. Petersburg. It happened at the BP gas station on 49th Street around 2:30 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

An afternoon washout put the brakes on Damon Weisz's Sunday ride.

"We were all getting out of the rain because it was raining so bad," he said Monday.

Matt Yaghoubi allowed Weisz's riding club, the Leathernecks, to hang tight under his BP station overhang. Just minutes later, a loud bang cracked outside.

"I hear this huge sound, like you don't hear too often. I look outside and I hear one of them screaming, 'He got hit. He got hit!" Yaghoubi said.

A bolt of lightning touched down just feet from the group. Weisz thinks it traveled through the metal pole he was leaning against.

"Tossed me off the pole, and you could see the blue arch come from my hand to the pole," he said.

The next moments are all caught on surveillance cameras. Weisz, escorted by his buddies, makes his way inside the gas station for help.

"I got real dizzy, light headed. My eyes felt like they were going back and forth and back and forth," he said.

Amazingly, he's expected to be okay and even swung by the gas station on Monday to thank the owner for the helping hand.

It was a close call he believes shocked him into seeing life with an all new perspective.

"I definitely feel like someone was looking out for me. It was someone trying to tell me to get right," Weisz said.

Experts recommend seeking shelter indoors during thunderstorms. It's advice that Weisz says he'll never take lightly again.

 

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