Worker Feels A Buzz After Lightning Strike

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TEMPLE (August 11, 2014) A construction worker was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital after he felt a buzz under his boots that evidently came from one of the multiple lightning strikes Monday afternoon in Temple as storms pushed through the area.

Temple first responders were dispatched at around 2:25 p.m. Monday to 415 North 31st St. after a caller reported that lightning had struck a man.

The worker wasn’t struck directly, but felt an unusual sensation in his feet that may have been the result of a nearby strike, Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said.

The man wasn’t physically injured, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out, Pechal said.

The man was standing in a fenced off construction area in the parking lot of Temple High School and was wearing rubber boots at the time, Pechal said.

Storms produced thunder, lightning and heavy rain in the area as they pushed through Monday afternoon, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for Bell County.

The storm produced penny to nickel size hail one mile east of Temple, the National Weather Service said.

In neighboring Falls County, the storm downed a tree that blocked the road near the Intersection of U.S. 77 and CR 4012 in Chilton, the weather service said.