Lightning strikes across Suffolk

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2005

An 18-year-old Suffolk woman was injured after she was struck by lightening Tuesday at her Rivercreek Crescent home.

The woman, whose name was unavailable, was answering a cell phone plugged into an electrical outlet when lightning hit near her house. Her injuries were not considered life-threatning, said Capt. James Judkins, spokesman for the Suffolk Fire Department.

The incident occurred in the 1500 block of Rivercreek Drive, off of Wilroy Road.

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This was just one of several lightening related calls fire and rescue workers were called from 1:47 to 2:01 p.m., said Judkins.

Also, firefighters were called to the 1300 block of River Road in Nansemond Gardens where lightening struck a storage building. Heavy damage was reported. On Woodruff Street, lightening is to blame for $15,000 in damages to a home where visible flames could be seen.

Lightening also struck the eight-story Suffolk Towers building, where Caf\u00E9 Moose is located on the bottom floor. A bolt blew pieces of concrete off the corner of the building, tearing through the awning above the restaurant. A damage estimate was unavailable.

&uot;There were a number of fire alarms as a result of the lightening,&uot; said Judkins.