While folklore may say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, don’t tell that to Ellen Edwards. The Weldon resident was at home Wednesday night around 9 when what she describes as a “bright blue burst of light and a loud crack” shot through her home on Sneed Street.
“We were sitting in the kitchen and it scared me so bad. It lit up the whole house inside,” she said Thursday.
Fear that lightning had struck her home was eased Thursday morning when her daughter Larissa, who lives next door, called and told her to step outside.
When she walked out onto her porch, Edwards saw that, although her home escaped the storm’s fury, another fixture of her small yard hadn’t been so lucky –the tall pine tree beside her driveway had been seared by lightning.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said, staring at the tree. “There was bark all over my front yard and you could see where lightning just wrapped all the way around it.”
The tree does indeed bare scars from the strike down the entire length of its trunk. But what makes this particular meteorological event noteworthy is not the damage to the tree, but the fact that it all happened before, 22 years ago.
“In 1986 it (lightning) struck that tree and cracked all the windows in the house,” stated Edwards, who has lived on the property since 1983.
“It’s just the most amazing thing to me,” she said, shaking her head . “It split that tree all the way down and it’s still living.”
While several people have asked her about having the tree taken down, Edwards says she has no plans to remove the remarkable landmark.
“I thought about it, but I decided not to,” she said with a grin, ” my husband says it may be saving the house.”