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Its by far one of the most powerful things to see and witness during or after the fact! Lighting striking a tree ha incredible influence on the tree itself as well as the area around the tree. Consider this written by Dr. Kim Coder from University of Georgia :
When lightning strikes a tree, the grounding (earthing) volume beneath the tree canopy in the soil
is proportional to the energy of the strike. The voltage surge during a lightning strike across the soil
surface around a tree base can be large for a relatively long distance away from the tree. This voltage
surge has human and animal health, first aid, and tree root consequences. The most common injury to
humans and animals near a lightning strike is an induced current through the legs because of voltage
differences between ground contacts (feet)
There are different types of lighting events and strikes and you read more by clicking here
Its very important to realized that many trees are damaged well beyond repair and others can survive, always consult with a ISA Cerified Arborist at www.treesaregood.org to find one in your area.