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Friday, April 13, 2012

Last Night's Thunderstorms Are Giving Everyone Something to Talk About

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

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Last night's rare lightning and thunder that boomed across the Bay Area are as newsworthy as a blizzard in Texas, which is why it's okay for everyone to drone on about the weather today and not sound like an English dolt.

There a lot to talk about: Thursday evening storms created all sorts of drama, including power outages, sewer problems, flooding, and yes, a plane was struck by lightening. You think watching Hitchcock in the dark last night was chilling, try being in the air during that spectacular storm.

According to news reports, a United Airlines 777 bound for London (where, incidentally, people love to talk about the weather) was struck by lightning

shortly after takeoff last night, forcing the pilot to return to San

Francisco International Airport.

The plane left for London at about 7:35 p.m., at the height of this spectacular storm. It was struck by lightning shortly afterward, while flying over the ocean, according to airport officials. Nobody was hurt, although being stuck at SFO is by all standards painful.

Clear skies expected today, just in time for the Giants game.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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