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Family Survives Getting Struck By Lightning In Sequoia National Forest

  • Published on Sep 17, 2017
  • A father and his two young children were struck by lightning in Tulare County and lived to tell about it. Maria Medina reports,they're just grateful to be alive.

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  • cyboINC
    cyboINC 3 years ago +4447

    Damn .. Imagine getting struck by lightning, surviving and not even getting any super powers in return. Feelsbad

  • Tesla Snow
    Tesla Snow 3 years ago +2187

    Anyone else think that this guy is going to have one of the coolest scars when the wounds heal up!?!?😂

  • Chez Barnes
    Chez Barnes 4 years ago +4862


    • Anthony Bellecomo
      Anthony Bellecomo 10 days ago

      @Catherine Stanley yes but its highly unlikely getting struck while showering tho

    • No description available
      No description available Year ago

      @Him so just never go anywhere if it’s raining, thanks mom, how about getting struck while the suns out from a cloud miles away, it’s happened
      Maybe never leave home? What about driving, dangerous, better not

    • I Assure You I'm Not That Guy
      I Assure You I'm Not That Guy Year ago

      Zeus tried to give him superpowers but failed

    • PA
      PA Year ago

      Bruh they had no other place to go

    • Him
      Him Year ago

      @Cloud Strife I... nigga what?

  • Mr Jazz
    Mr Jazz 4 years ago +3355

    Well that was *shocking*

  • Bee
    Bee 4 years ago +2150

    it's not a good idea to get under a tree during a thunderstorm.

    • No description available
      No description available Year ago

      I took my daughter camping and a major storm came through, scary thunder and all, we stayed because we don’t fucking run to our mommy’s everytime the weather changes or we’d never leave the fucking house, how many commenters wear a mask while alone walking the dog after getting the jab no less?

    • Daniel Arellano
      Daniel Arellano Year ago

      Those of us who work or worked on the mountains would have close calls with lightning. But we didn't have a choice. We got used to it and basically all we could do was go to our vehicles if they were near or ignore it.

    • Raw Chicken Sandwich
      Raw Chicken Sandwich Year ago

      Pussies from from the Bay Area don’t know anything

    • PA
      PA Year ago

      @Him They were trapped there, probably didn't know that lightning would come

    • Kris B
      Kris B Year ago

      not so easy when youre in a forest lol

  • Brie 🇺🇦
    Brie 🇺🇦 Year ago +10

    Me and my dad were looking out our bay window when lightening struck less than ten feet away. I remember this god awful pain in my ears. It felt like someone took a plunger, stuck it on my ear, and then yanked it off and the suction is what I felt. It’s bizarre but that’s the only way I can explain it. The scariest part was we both went temporarily blind. I remember frantically saying “dad I can’t see!” And reaching my arms out for him. Little did I know, he also couldn’t see. It was this terribly blinding white light for what felt like ten minutes. Finally I started seeing these weird blue spots popping up in the white light, and they started to flash little into glimpses of the world around me. The blue flashes for bigger and bigger and eventuality faded completely to being able to see again. It was terrifying.

  • Julia L
    Julia L 2 years ago +62

    I actually feel blessed to have a dad that taught me to never go by an open field or under a tree during a storm. His words "better get yourself the hell out there"
    I'm glad they're okay!

    • Levi
      Levi 2 months ago +1

      they fkd up the logic there!! lol everybody know that during lightning you should get away from trees and rivers ( even ocean) because both of them attract lightning , and these guys litelary did both of them

    • Doger
      Doger 4 months ago

      @Adeline kind of hard for them to be struck by lightning by their own stupidity because they couldn’t stay away from a tree in a thunderstorm but they did

    • Julia L
      Julia L 5 months ago +1

      @AdelineDo you have common sense? It’s extremely obvious that I did.

    • Adeline
      Adeline 5 months ago +1

      Did you watch the video? Kind of hard for them to not be a under a tree

  • BitSmythe
    BitSmythe Year ago +17

    We’ve been taught SO many times, do NOT go under a tree in a lightning storm. Stay off the beach too, lightning can travel 5 miles over the surface of the water.

  • Lindsey B
    Lindsey B 3 years ago +4894

    Anyone else notice?..
    Their names are the same just one spelled backwards.

  • saikoro
    saikoro 3 years ago +707

    Plot Twist:He became the fastest man Alive.

    • Matthew Oostende
      Matthew Oostende Month ago

      Invalid opinion cuz anime pfp

    • IM26C4U
      IM26C4U Year ago


    • saikoro
      saikoro 2 years ago +1

      @Cyano Micro OH HAHHA this comment was a year ago i did not expect it to get many likes

    • Cyano Micro
      Cyano Micro 2 years ago +1

      No, look at ur profile pic It's Zenitsu he will be like Zenitsu

    • Maverick James
      Maverick James 2 years ago

      Thetatical peng the video literally said paralyzed for a few hours

  • Peachesxo
    Peachesxo 2 years ago +11

    Can’t imagine being that young and having to experience that. Waking up thinking your dad is dead, how scary

  • Duchess Satine Kryze

    My family and I were camping when lightning struck the ground less then 10 feet away from us. I scared me really badly. 4 years later and I am still afraid of lightning and thunder storms.

  • Tim H
    Tim H 3 years ago +686

    Probably left the coolest scar though. If it has to happen might as well look at it as brightly as possible.

    • fgfjfdjdjdfh hgfjgcjf
      fgfjfdjdjdfh hgfjgcjf 9 months ago

      That dude has one bad ass scar. If I was him I would walk around shirtless all the time just so I could say I survived zeus.

    • Toclebarry Finn
      Toclebarry Finn Year ago

      Y'all need to relax, Tim is correct. My grandfather lost half his ring finger and I only have a couple memories of him, because of that missing finger. It might have sucked at the time for him, but he died when I was 4 and lived 3 hours away, so I really think without the missing finger, I would only have pictures and stories instead of memories. These three have an awesome story and scars to prove it that may just make their suffering worth it because of someone else.

    • Brie 🇺🇦
      Brie 🇺🇦 Year ago +1

      “Might as well look at it as brightly as possible”. That’s easy, considering when struck you go temporarily blind and instead of seeing darkness, you see an overwhelmingly bright white light lol.

    • Huy Max
      Huy Max Year ago

      @Princesss_ Mya
      It’s not suppose to be funny, it’s suppose to be cool

    • MrWolfSnack
      MrWolfSnack 2 years ago

      hearing loss is only temporary. It's what happens when subjected to loud noise, and the heat from the electricity blew some of the veins in the ear. Same thing as shellshock. It can clear up in days, or weeks, or rarely, months.

    2DSTORMS 3 years ago +36

    I was struck by lightning on Aug. 31st of 2014 and still suffer nerve pain to this day. I was paralyzed, got cataracts, BP of 225/150, neuropathy, creotene kinase level over 500. I was in a hospital for 10 days in Sioux City.

    • Alice Turnbull
      Alice Turnbull 3 years ago


    • Thomas Williamson
      Thomas Williamson 3 years ago

      Emma Mertens, gamma radiation + a thunderstorm

    • Emma Mertens
      Emma Mertens 3 years ago

      @Clorox Bleach what causes that?

    • Clorox Bleach
      Clorox Bleach 3 years ago +5

      2DSTORMS Do you also suffer from odd spasms of short bursts of speed? Things appearing in slow motion and sudden hand vibrations?

  • T.C. Myrick
    T.C. Myrick 4 years ago +64

    wow they are really lucky a trained first responder was present thank God they were ok

    • Manifesting Queen
      Manifesting Queen 5 months ago

      Yeah but lightning doesn’t really kill nobody , it just injured hell outta ya

  • Felecia Davis
    Felecia Davis 2 years ago

    Wow...... I’m so happy everyone survived!!

  • that’s the tea
    that’s the tea 2 years ago +2

    Im Glad they are getting better❤️🙏🏾🤞🏾

  • Meghan H
    Meghan H 2 years ago +10

    One man who wasn't taught to NOT hide under a tree during a thunderstorm.
    At least their children now know, even if they learnt the hard, close to death, way.

  • Free Dolphin
    Free Dolphin 2 years ago +1

    God bless them all. What great news they're ALL okay.

  • Nora
    Nora 3 years ago +2

    Awww im glad they are ok❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • EXE L
    EXE L Year ago

    when you struck by lightning and made it out alive, you can tell your story for the rest of your life.

  • JGSnaker10
    JGSnaker10 2 years ago

    imagine being able to tell people tho you got hit by lightning and having the scars to prove, im glad they are okay!

  • Emily Ë
    Emily Ë 2 years ago +3

    Whoever disliked this video have no heart for these poor people

  • Skatejock21
    Skatejock21 2 years ago +1

    I remember being told in elementary school that you never hide under a tree during a storm... for this reason

  • Nehcole Nehcole
    Nehcole Nehcole 2 years ago +2


  • slow vibey music
    slow vibey music 3 years ago +4

    Everyone knows when there’s a thunderstorm never go under a tree but god bless that family luckily they survived

  • Elena Nassar
    Elena Nassar 2 years ago +1

    Always have a great respect for lightning.

  • Rimuru tempest
    Rimuru tempest 3 years ago +2

    good thing nothing major happens they seem like a chill family im so happy for them

  • Manospondylus
    Manospondylus 3 years ago +262

    *Storm* "It's a family. It's not right.
    *Palpatine* "DO IT!"

  • John gobble
    John gobble Year ago +2

    wait the kids woke up before the dad?
    those are some strong kids they probably just walked it off

  • Aku From the future
    Aku From the future 2 years ago +5

    I'm glad they're okay.
    He's gonna have a badass looking scar long after it heals.

  • Hello People
    Hello People 3 years ago +1

    That how my Dad’s grandpa died he was struck by lightning 😔

  • breezetix
    breezetix 2 years ago +8

    I cannot imagine getting strucked by a lightning. Holy shit, glad the family is okay.
    Never go under trees when there's a thunder.

    • Kale Juice
      Kale Juice 10 days ago +1

      Exactly this, they're literally nature's lightning rods

  • Yoda The Wise
    Yoda The Wise 3 years ago


  • andy keller
    andy keller 3 years ago +45

    I think it was in grade school that I was taught to never stay under a tree during a thunderstorm

    • Carzia_Speed⚡️
      Carzia_Speed⚡️ Year ago

      @ACanadianFry Okay so we sit out in the open when no house is around for help.

    • Notthefather
      Notthefather Year ago

      @Koushik Das not under a tree! Clearly.

    • ACanadianFry
      ACanadianFry Year ago +2

      @Koushik Das not near a tree, didnt you read his comment?

    • Koushik Das
      Koushik Das 2 years ago

      So, where should we stand when there is no house nearby?

  • BenDoesVlogs
    BenDoesVlogs 2 years ago +83

    This why don't stand under a tree during a Thunderstorm

  • Scarlet
    Scarlet 3 years ago

    A lot of my family in tulare , was just there about a week ago , this is sad I'm sorry hear

  • Sunset Land
    Sunset Land 2 years ago

    Wow thats all i can say ive sat under a tree just like that with my family!

  • SketchedAldo
    SketchedAldo 2 years ago

    I was taught to never go under a tree when it’s thundering

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 3 years ago +122

    So... You don't get super speed from a strike of lightning?

  • 10,000 Subscribers Goal !
    10,000 Subscribers Goal ! 3 years ago +168

    The kid must have Said *SHAZAM* totally forgetting his dad was with him..

  • Yubio Kinyua
    Yubio Kinyua 3 years ago

    Staying away from trees, polls, bodies of water, and not using your cellphone out in the rain are main safety hazards you have to be aware of.

  • Kyle Kuchinski
    Kyle Kuchinski 2 months ago

    I noticed that huge scar from the lightning bolt on their dad’s back, oh my gosh! It must’ve enhanced their intelligence too. 😱

  • CJ Jackson
    CJ Jackson Year ago

    This dad & his children were protected by the Angels from God! This goes to show, lightning is deadly especially when you're hiding by a tree or standing near a large body of water during a severe thunderstorm, it's no joke! The clothes dad was wearing tell his story!

  • PatchworkRose567
    PatchworkRose567 Year ago

    While it is scary, the family will have a cool story to tell in the future as well some cool scars to prove it. Not everyone gets struck by lightning and lives to tell the tale.

  • Marjorie Stonecipher
    Marjorie Stonecipher 2 years ago

    Man you lucky you and your kids survived man I'm happy for ya also don't stay up trees during and thunderstorm guys trust me my uncle almost died to a lightning strike

  • Ros rose
    Ros rose 2 years ago

    my mom got struck by lightning aswell, however not just her, at the time she was also pregnant with my brother, thankfully both survived

  • Razz Ariel Rodas
    Razz Ariel Rodas 3 years ago +1

    Watching this while there's a lightning storm going around here.

  • Maria Ochoa
    Maria Ochoa 3 years ago

    Ay Dios tuvo suerte de seguir vivo gracias a dios🙏

  • Pape707
    Pape707 Year ago +1

    My grandpa got stuck by lightning in the knee is his backyard and survived

  • Borghead 06
    Borghead 06 2 years ago +1

    my uncle has been struck twice in his head in his yard and hes fine

  • Brain-dead
    Brain-dead 2 years ago

    This Is Sad But Im Glad They Survived

  • Ryan
    Ryan Year ago +6

    Just imagine: "Oh, you saw a shark while scuba diving? *Yeah, I survived being struck by lightning* "

  • Keepinitcute
    Keepinitcute 2 years ago


  • Celeste Justiss
    Celeste Justiss Year ago

    Im soo sorry yall had to go through that Im sorry yall was traumatized Praise the Lord He was protectin yall Prayers for your family and for each one of you

  • Paul Lara
    Paul Lara 2 years ago

    We hope you are OK😢🤕💟

  • Unknown Ventures
    Unknown Ventures 2 years ago +163

    Now any electronic devices he touches get's damaged.

    • Rezheen10
      Rezheen10 4 months ago

      I need a brand new charger for my computer.

    • Instant W
      Instant W 2 years ago +21

      Charging my phone fast with this man

    • Fishing and Nature
      Fishing and Nature 2 years ago +1

      Unknown Ventures I’m not sure

  • Md Hossain
    Md Hossain 3 years ago +3

    That would suck to get the consequences, but just imagine how cool it would be to show off that scar on his back.

  • Christopher Adam
    Christopher Adam 3 years ago

    A family member of mine has been struck by lightning, not once, not twice, but 3 times, no bs. I have some change that was in his pocket the last time he was struck, it literally melted the coins, even quarters. When it's a T-storm and thundering and lightning, no body wants to be around him even if it means being very rude to him, but it's clearly attracted to him.

  • Sam Dilworth
    Sam Dilworth Year ago

    If a lightning strike hits two trees before it hits you, does it make the strike weaker? Or it doesn't really matter if it hits you or the tree first.

  • Kouklarevv
    Kouklarevv 2 years ago +1

    The fact he went straight under a tree 🤦🏼‍♀️ i just can’t

  • laura simpson
    laura simpson Year ago

    Glad they lived!

  • Octosponge
    Octosponge Year ago

    Every night so far has been lightning storms for me and its scary

  • Recon from the shadows
    Recon from the shadows 2 years ago +1

    Unluckiest man on earth!!

  • MrTommyboy68
    MrTommyboy68 Year ago

    They are going to regret having survived. The damage done may take years to manifest. Your body is not designed to have that much electricity pass through it without long term effects. I personally know of 3 people who got hit and wished they didn't survive due to the pains they endured for years afterward.

  • Joy Mechell
    Joy Mechell 2 years ago +2

    Literally the first rule of thunderstorms is not to take shelter under a tree , but I'm so happy to hear they're all okay 🙏🏾💕

  • vibez msp
    vibez msp 3 years ago

    There’s a book called Faceless and it’s about a girl that got struck by lighting. It’s really good and it is kind of the same situation as this,

  • nonya biz
    nonya biz 2 years ago

    When i was a kid i used to watch lightning storms however after being in a few dangerous lightning storms i dont watch them any more and seek shelter immediately!

  • CKFadeAway
    CKFadeAway 2 years ago

    God bless these people that got struck by lightening

  • Alien from Area 21
    Alien from Area 21 2 years ago +1

    OH MY GOSH I GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING! *is a small shock*

  • thaintriguing1
    thaintriguing1 2 years ago +8

    Dad: "I didn't know what to say during the interview, but then it struck me."

    MADDOGG 3 years ago

    What a shocking experience

  • Aaron Ramon
    Aaron Ramon 3 years ago +71

    Damn, my dude yelled Shazam one too many times.

  • Jennifer Deject
    Jennifer Deject 2 months ago

    We get bad lightening storms in Charleston. Last July 4 I was sitting out under a tree when the pine Beside me was struck. Tom begged me to come inside. I was taken to a hospital where I yelled for a month. My horse as a child born on the forth was also named lightening. So I am messmirized by storms. I was not hit but almost. Ben Franklin worked with kites trying to channel electricity. 4 th. Fireworks and listening are common in July.

  • Lesley Marquez
    Lesley Marquez 3 years ago +3


  • Phil Gamer
    Phil Gamer 3 years ago +2

    I thought it was common sense NOT to go under a tree during a thunderstorm...

  • Alex Logan
    Alex Logan 2 years ago +11

    “We picked a great weekend to come back packing.”
    So that was a fucking lie

  • Frank Flores
    Frank Flores 2 years ago

    God is great God bless his family

  • Ben Eachus
    Ben Eachus 2 years ago

    I realize they got stuck out there in the storm but come on! You couldn’t at least get away from the water?! He had those kids sit in the dumbest place possible. Under some trees and next to a huge body of water. I feel like if they wouldn’t moved into the woods away from the water they would’ve been fine. I know hindsight 20/20 but I for damn sure wouldn’t have been by water

  • Nene Lynn
    Nene Lynn 2 years ago

    God is good❤️

  • UnDeR tHe StArS oVeR ThE mOoN

    Omg they are lucky.
    Never go under a tree during a lightning storm or near water.

  • Aphia Cartwright
    Aphia Cartwright 2 years ago

    That’s so sad!

  • DubStar
    DubStar 3 years ago +1

    Bro from as long as I can remember, I've known going under a tree in a thunderstorm is a big No, No.

  • Jessica Grether
    Jessica Grether 2 years ago

    Praise God they are all ok now & survived!!🤯WOW

  • sdvsrfwef sadfasdf

    This guy was badly injured even though he wasn't directly hit by lightning. The guy who got struck directly by lightning three times in a row and still got up must be made out of steel.

  • Holo Scope
    Holo Scope 3 years ago +3

    This was just reccomended to me two days after lightning struck in my backyard while we were sitting by the patio

  • Philadelphia Unleashed

    Glory to God

  • XxGoodSpiritxX
    XxGoodSpiritxX 2 years ago

    Some times God allows things to happen for a reason to change someones life to a good one, or to teach them why they shouldn't be bad, or to see if someone will help them.

  • ginger blue
    ginger blue 2 years ago

    I got traumatized by lightning...it happened when im going down from my apartment by stairs..the lightning hit the tree in front of me..im shocked for second and wait for minute to calm myself..then i wanna go to my car..n once again its hit tree near me..i shocked and stand still..since that im scared during thunderstorm..i can't move,dizzy and clumsy...i wanna heal my trauma..its hard for me to go out if there any emergency case 😭

  • Sarah Lennox
    Sarah Lennox 4 months ago

    Glad they're alright but ...one of the first things we're taught is not to stand directly under a tree in a lightning storm. I mean. I also grew up in the woods in the middle of buttfuck nowhere Canada, so we know those things before we even know how to walk 😆 but glad they're okay

  • tolemac wordfeud
    tolemac wordfeud 2 years ago

    I learned from primary school that one should never seek shelter in the trees when there's thunderstorm for this very reason.

  • k
    k 3 years ago

    this is my #1 fear and also charging my phone while thunder

  • MLG TopShotta
    MLG TopShotta 2 years ago

    Dude u have to be the luckiest person ever to survive that💯🤝

  • Shelby Wilkerson
    Shelby Wilkerson 3 months ago

    I was told from time I was small you never go under a tree, never!

  • AdriTheFox
    AdriTheFox 2 years ago

    I'm happy my friend survived, he sits next to me in my English class

  • cavazos0079
    cavazos0079 Year ago

    Am I the only one wondering how a grown man got to have 2 kids and still never learned the worst place to be in a lightning storm is under a tree or holding metal.. i assumed this was just general knowledge.

  • Mattia & soda bears adventures Hh_freaks

    Definitely picked a good day :)☀️⛈🙇🏽‍♀️

  • OLogged
    OLogged 2 years ago

    God protected them

  • Emma Shuffle
    Emma Shuffle Year ago

    If your ever in a lightening storm, crouch down into the smallest ball you can, arms wrapped around your knees, heads down and solely have the balls of your feet to ground. Try to stay away from tree, poles and anything electrical if you can.

  • madfutago
    madfutago 2 years ago +4

    Damn atleast he got that nice scar, and a great story to tell