Lightning … incredible to view, frustrating to be affected by and fatal in proximity …
As the UK has basked in glorious summer weather, in recent weeks it has also been victim to brutal thunderstorms. Three different scenarios highlight the beauty, strength and danger of lightning.
From the safety of a bedroom miles away people took the moment to capture a natural display of power. Fantastic photographs were taken and shared – all displaying colourful bolts of lightning. These pictures only make us stand in awe of its beauty and terrifying power.
Let’s set the scene. It’s 4pm on Friday, workers are leaving the office looking forward to the weekend but when they arrive at Paddington Station only chaos greets them.
Lightning had directly struck the rail line in the Surbiton area of South West London causing huge disruption and delays of 2 hours! All routes to the South West of England had been severely delayed with many trains being cancelled entirely.
Offering reduced services, rail companies tried to cope but, as the picture shows, people were crowded, frustrated and helpless.
Across the pond in California, it was a nice calm day at the beach; swimmers and surfers in the sea, children building sand castles and dogs chasing tennis balls like a ball boy at Wimbledon. That is until a black cloud covered the sky…
It sounded like “Just one big explosion” as one witness recalls as they described the sound of lightning directly striking the water.
The strike electrified the water, stunning all swimmers injuring 13 people and tragically killing one man.
Those swimmers were at the mercy of nature and it is a cold reminder that Mother Nature is much more powerful than we give credit.
But what can be done?
At GreyMatters we specialise in electrical discharge prevention systems by protecting buildings and critical assets and can guarantee they will not be struck by lightning for 25 years.
Using specialist high frequency software, we can monitor the effects of a strike on facilities as seen in the clip below:
This video shows 4 µs (4 millionths of a second) of a strike impact and the change in voltage to the nearby electrical grid.
With our systems we can protect assets, but more importantly … people, to ensure that incidents such as California are rare, freak occurrences. At GreyMatters we save lives – don’t take the risk.
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Written by: Niall Cardwell, GreyMatters