Lightning strikes near home daycare in Tiverton

Firefighters responded to a home on Main Road in Tiverton after a lightning strike.

TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The phrase “lightning doesn’t strike twice” didn’t exactly hold true Monday morning in Tiverton.

A house on Main Road was jolted when lightning struck a tree on the property not once, but twice, as a storm rolled through shortly after 10 a.m.

One of the strikes sent energy surging to the house and blew out the power.

Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Floyd told Eyewitness News 10 people were in the home, which is also a daycare. Floyd said no one, including the five children inside, was hurt.

Jean Bento, the owner of the daycare, described what happened.

“It was a huge ball of fire and I knew that it had hit on the side of the house. You could tell by the sound,” Bento said, adding that the children – aged 1 to 4 years old – were playing with a toy inside the main room when the first bolt struck. “I don’t think they realized what lightning could do. But, they didn’t like the loud thunder.”

Floyd said a total of four houses was struck in the town.

He said lightning strikes in the area are common because the homes are located on the hill.

“To be struck twice is pretty rare,” Floyd said.

National Grid responded to the scene and disconnected the power for a short while. It has since been resorted.

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Flash Flooding

The lightning wasn’t the only issue caused by Monday’s line of storms.

Flash flooding was a concern in several communities, including Aquidneck Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for a short time Monday morning, and urged drivers not to drive through flooded roads, as it doesn’t take much water to carry a vehicle away.

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