Wednesday morning 2am an amazing electrical storm is going on all around our home. It lasted for about a 1/2 hr. I woke up and started unplugging things around the house. All of a sudden a bright light, then a loud clap of thunder. Sounded like it hit right outside the window. A couple of seconds later my wife and I hear a snap and a hiss coming from the living room. I run to the sound but can’t find where it came from. I’m trying to use my sense of smell to detect where it came from but nothing. The storm finally stopped and we were able to get back to sleep.
When I woke up this morning I went to put on the TV in the living room and it didn’t work. Seems a surge went through my electrical system and hit my TV.
There is a question in here. What happened? How does lightning take a route through my home and only knocks out my TV? Would a surge protector have helped? How about if the circuit was AFCI? Could that of stopped the surge.
What is the best safety remedy for lightning? Could lightning rods stop a surge like this?
I know it’s a lot of questions but I’m just trying to learn about lightning and how it affects our electrical systems.If it didn’t happen to me I probably wouldn’t be so interested but now I think it would be very good to be able to educate my clients on lightning. Any informative links that any of you would have on this subject would be great.