John Robinson of the National Weather Service in North Little Rock distributed several photos of damage done by lightning strikes during last night’s storms.


At top: A house on Pleasant Forest Drive. It had been vacant, but burned after a lightning-started fire.

At right: An oak tree destroyed by lighnting on Kanis Road, a few blocks west of Baptist Medical Center. Bark was thrown across Kanis Road, Robinson said. He called it the worst lightning-hit tree he’d seen.


At bottom: Damage done by another lightning-caused fire in the kitchen of a home in the Twin Lakes subdivision also near Baptist Medical Center.

There were more than, 1,700 lightning strikes in the area between 7 and 9 p.m. last night.