BERKELEY (CBS SF) — An East Bay woman was feeling lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning during Monday’s storm.
Emily Davis was crossing the street in Berkeley when she was hit by lightning, just moments before a tree was destroyed by a separate lightning strike Monday.
“I suddenly got this metallic taste in my mouth and right after that I saw what looked like a flashbulb, like someone took my picture,” Davis told KPIX 5.
After feeling the jolt of energy rush through her body, she heard a loud clap of thunder.
“A clap of thunder happened that was so loud I thought a bomb went off. I realized right after that, I got struck by lightning,” she said.
The damage of the second strike that destroyed the nearby redwood tree reinforced how lucky she had been.
“It was really frightening and my heart was beating like crazy afterwards. That seems to be the only effect I have, the shaking and everything still tastes like metal,” she said.
When Emily told her dad the story Monday night, she found out that her family has a history with lightning strikes.
“He said that’s funny because your great-great-great grandfather was sitting on a horse, was struck by lightning and killed, so lightning seems to run in my family.”