Lightning splits tree, nearly hits Swansea home

Photo by Susan Campbell

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Lightning struck a large tree in Swansea during Wednesday morning’s storms – but fortunately the damage ended up being minimal.

The storms brought heavy rain and winds across the region, and a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect in Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island until 2:30 p.m.

A tree on Locust Street in Swansea splits after being struck by lightning. (Photo by Justin White)
Photos: Lightning strikes tree in Swansea. Click to view gallery.

Jim Nightingale and his wife were out for breakfast when their daughter called and said lightning hit a tree in their yard – and it fell right where his car would’ve been parked.

“We’re just happy that no one was hurt,” he said. “It’s nothing we can’t live with. We have our home, everyone here is safe, so we’re quite happy about the circumstances as they may be.”

Nightingale said he’ll likely have to cut down more trees in the yard to avoid future accidents.

Swansea Fire Chief Peter Burke said that was just one of several lightning strikes reported in the town Wednesday, including one nearby that sparked a small dryer fire.

Power was knocked out in the area for a short time, but neighbors told Eyewitness News it was restored quickly.

Stay with Eyewitness News and WPRI.com for the latest storm updates.

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