[Updated with video] Numerous bolts of lightning could be seen over many parts of Bermuda this evening [July 23], with a frontal boundary lingering across Bermuda, causing showers and thunderstorms tonight.
The photos and video below were taken between 8.30pm and 9.10pm this evening from a location in St David’s pointing in a southerly direction.
A lightning strike caused a massive traffic jam at the Swing Bridge in St George’s, after an insulator on a utility pole was struck by lightning late this morning causing the bridge to get stuck for approximately one hour.
In addition, late this evening the police said the 911 emergency phone number was briefly knocked out of operation due to the inclement weather.
The Bermuda Weather Service had issued a Thunderstorm Advisory valid for this afternoon through to this evening, with tonight’s forecast predicting, “Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms… Winds west-northwesterly moderate, increasing moderate to strong at times, with possible gusts to gale force around showers and thunderstorms.”
The video above is the same clip twice, first at regular speed, then replayed in slow motion.
In describing the natural phenomenon, National Geographic says: “Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomenon—about 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second—yet their power is extraordinary.
“Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. This enormous electrical discharge is caused by an imbalance between positive and negative charges.”
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