Text and photo graphic courtesy of ML. Baron
Lightning strikes 144-year old Fairhaven Home
“We are all okay… Just some minor damage… The lightning hit the tree on the corner of the house and hit the gas main,” Ed Macedo, owner
An intense lightning cell transited right over Buzzards Bay and Fairhaven, Friday morning, April 8, 2022. The storm brought vivid lightning and torrential downpours. A lightning strike just a few hundred yards away from Fairhaven High School, hit 146 Main Street, an historic stone residence built in 1878, once owned by the Nye Family of Nye Oil.
The Fire Department received the call from the frantic owner at 4:53 AM, stating that their house was struck by lightning and there was smoke in the house. There were no injuries, Eversource was notified.
Attention was focused on the gas main going into the house. The wiring inspector also responded. The structure remained mostly unscathed.
“I was at work at Eversource in the system operations control room when it hit… Mad dash home!” said owner Ed Macedo
The storm system was from a low pressure area headed from New York City with a cluster of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain that passed directly overhead of town. Brilliant flashes of lightning lit up the harbor.
Today’s high wind gust was 51 MPH SE> at 12:05AM with 1.35″ inches of rain (most of which fell within 90-minutes) as of 5:37 AM from Town Beach.
A nice day followed with temperatures hovering near 60 along the coast.
Compiled by MLBaron for westislandweather.com. Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/westislandweather
There were also reports of at least two other lightning strikes in Fairhaven. No injuries have been reported.
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