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Man survives lighting strike

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WARR ACRES, Okla. -- The Warr Acres communications tower has taken its share of strikes from mother nature.

Fire Chief, Kenny Koger said, "We took a direct hit on that tower and it blew out our emergency generator, communications and computers in the city."

Imagine then, what a similar jolt would do to a human.

James Leone was doing business at Warr Acres City Hall recently, when the sky began to erupt. 

He made a mad dash for his truck but apparently not fast enough.

Leone said, "I knew lightning had struck extremely close to me."

James said his heart went haywire; he felt a powerful surge from head to toe. 

Authorities said it was luck for him he was just a few feet away from the Warr Acres Fire Department.

Chief Koger told us, "When he first came in, we were fearing the worst. We sat him down. We called EMSA to do a heart monitor test. We thought for sure we'd have a cardiac problem."

According to EMSA, there have been 19 reported lightning strike cases over the last 12 months. 

The 42-year-old man is still bothered by that blast of electricity.

Nearly a week later, Leone still feels numbness in his right leg.

He said it's a reminder of lightning dangers and the importance of always being weather-aware, especially in Oklahoma.

"I can tell you this, when there is lightning in the future, you will find me inside," Leone said.

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