SOUTHLAKE, Texas – An unbelievable lightning strike was caught on video in the Dallas area while severe storms rolled through Monday night.
Molly Sandlin's backyard security camera captured the intense bolt of lightning in Southlake as the bolt hit a 100-year-old pecan tree.
The lightning strike sent bark flying across the backyard but, thankfully, didn't start a fire.
Wet trees are particularly vulnerable to explosions when struck by lightning. The bolt can be as hot as 50,000 degrees and that will instantly vaporize water that has seeped into the bark. The result is a tremendous increase in air pressure that causes the bark to explode – or as in this case, the entire tree.
Nearly three dozen hail and wind reports were recorded across Texas. Tornado Warnings were in effect in Central Texas Monday evening as a line of storms moved into the area about 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service said the storm brought damaging winds up to 70 mph and quarter-sized hail.
Law enforcement in Jarrell, Texas, reported an overturned tractor-trailer and cars in a ditch along Interstate 35 just outside the city Monday night. The Jarrell Fire Station also reportedly had windows blown out, according to the National Weather Service. Video from the Jarrell area showed homes that had been damaged as well.