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Lightning strikes home of 7-month pregnant woman

July 26, 2012 2:17:33 PM PDT
The lightning bolt hit with precision and speed first it hit a tree.

Catherine Prall said that the lightning made a loud boom and shook the whole house.

Prall and 2-year-old Jocelyn were making breakfast when the fast moving storm passed over their Rockaway home.

"The sound kind of came through the window," Prall.

The sound came through the window, because the lightning did, too.

After tearing apart the aluminum siding, it made a direct hit in the bathroom. It shattered the mirror, and there was glass everywhere. A burn mark was on on the wall.

"I didn't hear anything for like 30 seconds afterwards. It was like 'bzzzzz'," Prall added.

That is when Prall said that panic set in. After a quick check of the house, she knew it was a vicious lightning strike that destroyed anything and everything electrical.

"I was essentially standing feet from where it struck," she said

At 7 months pregnant, with a two-year-old in her arms, Prall knows they are all lucky to be alive. Believe it or not, this is not their first brush with a natural disaster.

Catherine and her family used to live in Little Falls, and her house would flood every year until FEMA bought them out and they moved to higher ground.

"We were going to live at the highest point we could, so we could never flood again," Prall said, "well we don't flood but the lightening...something's gotta give!"

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