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WFTS Meteorologist’s House Struck by Lightning

WFTS chief meteorologist Denis Phillips is used to being at the center of attention when severe weather rolls through the Tampa Bay area but he never expected that he’d actually be the target of it.

“You won’t believe this…talk about irony,” Phillips wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “House got hit by lightning today!”

A single lightning bolt from a recent thunderstorm struck the side of Phillips’s house, carving a hole into the siding. Phillips explained:

Two big black holes in the front of the house where the bolt went in, then came out. Suffice to say, electronics pretty much fried and pipes burst. See, it CAN happen to you! Ok, maybe not you, but certainly ME!

Phillips took the unlikely incident as an opportunity to remind Tampa residents to “be safe this storm season!” [h/t Florida News Center]

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