Newsflash! TV reporter barely escapes lightning while standing in pouring rain to give a live report of the monsoon storm
- Matt Rodewald was forced to jump out of the way when lightning struck Phoneix
- The stunning lightning flash has also turned off all the power in the nearby area
- Despite the lightning and pouring rain, he was able to finish the TV report
This is the shocking moment when a TV reporter was barely escaped by enlightenment as he prepared to report on a monsoon storm.
With torrential rain, Matt Rodewald was forced to jump out of the way while lightning flashed in Phoneix, Arizona.
The massive attack knocked out the power in the area, but the reporter was still able to finish his live report.
Phoenix has recently been hit by various storms while the monsoon season is taking hold of the city.
Thousands of lost power when a monsoon storm entered the southeastern valley on Wednesday night.
Energy company SRP says that more than 15,000 customers were without power.
Several storms passed through the area on Wednesday with heavy rain and lightning.
Matt Rodewald gave a TV report about the monsoon season in Phoenix when lightning struck
The reporter was forced to step aside to avoid being struck by lightning
The massive attack knocked out the power in the area, but the reporter was still able to finish his live report
The heavy rain-damaged areas usually on the east side of the valley, bringing some wind, dust and some lighting.
The lightning caused several tree fires.
The National Weather Service followed a group of thunderstorms that came together early in the evening over the southeastern valley and continued to build as they traveled west through that area and entered Scottsdale and Northern Phoenix.
From 9:30 pm, the Phoenix Fire Department's fire fighting sign showed more than 20 firefighting attacks, most in North or Eastern Phoenix and Scottsdale, while storms met in that area.
There were also reports of at least three home fires in Phoenix caused by lightning strikes.
Despite the reports, however, officials say it is one of the driest monsoon seasons ever recorded.
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