Rubber clogs saved Cork man's life after his home was struck by lightning

Rubber clogs saved Cork man's life after his home was struck by lightning
Terence and Jacqueline Alcock pictured at their home in Cobh. Terence said the house was struck by lightning and he was saved by his shoes. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork house damaged after lightning strike Darragh Bermingham A Cork family was in shock on Friday after a bolt of lightning struck their house, damaging the ceiling and leaving a hole in the roof.

The Rebel County was hit by heavy rain, wind and thundery conditions overnight on Thursday as a mid-summer deluge swept across the country leaving thousands without power.

A countrywide weather warning ended on Friday morning but there are some more bad conditions expected this weekend.

Met Eireann and other meteorologists have warned people across the country of the possibility of spot-flooding in the coming days.

On Thursday night, three units of the Cork fire brigade attended a house in Cobh at around midnight on Thursday after reports that it had been struck by lightning.

There were three people in the house at the time, Terence, his wife Jacqui and their granddaughter.

Damaged ceiling in Terence Alcock's home in Cobh. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Damaged ceiling in Terence Alcock's home in Cobh. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Speaking to RedFM about the incident, Terence said he was in his sitting-room watching television when there was a sudden bang and a cloud of smoke engulfed the house.

“I’ve never heard a bang as loud in my life.

“The sitting room went orange,” he added.

“I remember this jolt of energy surging through me.

“I had these rubber clogs on and I think they probably saved my life,” said Terence.

“It was like being hit by a sledgehammer - frightening.

“The house was in blackness and there was white smoke everywhere.” Terence explained he believed the bolt of lightning struck the aerial on the roof of the house and travelled through the wire, blowing all sockets and fuses.

At first, however, he did not know what had happened.

“I thought the house was being attacked, that there was a bomb outside or something,” he said.

“I was so confused.” Terence gathered with his wife and granddaughter in the hallway before deciding to wait in the car for the fire crews to arrive.

“The fire brigade were there in minutes, they were brilliant,” he said.

The next step, Terence explained, is repairing the damage to the council-owned house.

Part of the ceiling had collapsed, appliances were damaged and the house has been left without power.

Terence said it could have been worse.

“The house could have gone on fire.

“We’re very fortunate and still alive to tell the tale,” he added.

Terence said on Friday morning that he was awaiting a visit from the council to assess the damage to the house.

The prospect of more thunder in the coming days has not been ruled out by Met Eireann.

Saturday promises to be a blustery day with a few bright or sunny spells but also the possibility of heavy and thundery showers.

The showery conditions look set to continue through Sunday and into early next week as conditions become cooler and less humid.

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