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VIDEO: Lightning destroys tree

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:35 PM -

Lightning strikes are nothing out of the ordinary.

In fact, it's estimated that they hit the Earth 100 times each second.

Fortunately, it's still pretty rare for lightning to hit people in populated areas. Capturing a lightning strike at just the right moment on video is even more rare.

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Check out what happened when a bolt smashed into a tree in Saratoga Springs, New York earlier this month.

The video is a viral hit racking up more than 30,000 views on YouTube in just two days' time.

Intense thunder (and lightning) are the norm this time of year, with severe weather season firing up in parts of Canada and the U.S.

You can follow storms from the comfort of your own home by visiting the Alerts section of the website or by checking out our lightning map.


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