Lightning A Serious Problem For Property Owners This Summer

Lightning A Serious Problem For Property Owners This Summer

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

Pop-up afternoon thunderstorms have caused problems for countless property owners across the Gulf Coast this summer.

In the past two days, several structures were struck by lightning in Baldwin County, including a school on the Eastern Shore and the Robertsdale Police Dept.

In Orange Beach, lightning recently crippled Outcast Charter Docks and Marina. The popular marina took a direct hit during an afternoon thunderstorm.

"It was a bright white flash and sonic boom," says marina owner Neil Trimble. "Over 100-thousand dollars in damages in that one strike."

The strike damaged multiple boats docked at the marina.

Trimble uses surge protectors inside the marina store, but some of the protectors were ineffective.

The lightning strike damage electronics including televisions, phones, computers and an ATM.

Fortunately, Trimble has lightning protection on his insurance policy.  

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