Donna Jordan is counting her blessings these days. After all, there are not many who can say they survived being struck by lightning.
Jordan says she’s always loved the beauty and excitement of a thunderstorm coming in, but the frequent storms this week have had less of an appeal after her ordeal.
The incident happened last week as she and her family returned from a vacation to Panama City, Florida, where about half their week at the beach had been dampened by thunderstorms moving up from the Gulf.
Jordan said the family had just pulled into their driveway in Colbert Wednesday afternoon, July 3, about 4:45 p.m. in a moderately heavy rainstorm.
“I don’t remember any lightning as we drove in,” Jordan said this week. “If there had been, we’d have waited a few minutes to go inside.”
As it was, Jordan’s husband Neal pulled as close as he could get to their front door and they all jumped out, making a mad dash for the house.
Just before she reached the front steps, Jordan said she felt the “sharpest pain” she’d ever felt travel up her right leg, into her abdomen and then down her left leg, accompanied by a tremendous flash of light — the brightest she’d ever seen — and a loud bang. Somehow, she made it up the two steps and in her front door, where her husband, already inside, caught her. Her daughters, Bailee and Logan, also made it in the door just as the lightning struck their house.
“I remember telling Neal ‘something’s not right’ and lying down on the floor,” she said.
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