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HOUMA, LA (WGNO) – A Houma woman is lucky to be alive after getting struck by lightning while she was paying for her groceries.
The lightning bold struck 33-year-old Lakeisha Brooks inside Rouses Food at 561 Grand Callou Road in Houma.
Officers said Brooks was standing by the checkout register buying groceries when it happened. They believe that the bolt of lightning came through the roof’s sprinkler system, struck a metal plate on the floor, and then hit the woman.
Brooks received injuries to her left leg and right foot which appeared to be burn marks. She was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center where she was treated and released.
A store employee said the same Rouses was struck by lightning one year ago in the same exact spot.
In a statement, Rouses said, “We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our customers, and have policies and procedures in place that enabled us to react to even the most unusual situation. Ms. Brook’s physical condition was the number one priority of our Grand Caillou Road store manager and team members. Our security team immediately secured the area where lightning struck and contacted the Houma Fire Department, which is currently investigating.”
Strong storms moving in our area spawned this waterspout in Lake Pontchartrain. CNN iReporter Gerard Braud took this picture from his front porch which overlooks the lake.
Gerard says waterspouts — while not uncommon in the lake — still fascinate him. No injuries or damage from the waterspout was reported.
WGNO viewer Colt Plauche sent us this photo of rain moving through New Orleans.
Water spouts in Grand Isle gave one wake boarder the ride of a lifetime.
“It was definitely the biggest one I’ve ever seen,” says Robert Vegas who just opened Wake Side Cable Park just six weeks ago.
The moment water spouts formed over Grand Isle is when Vegas grabbed the camera and handed it to his girlfriend, “ We tried doing a couple of tricks to get a good shot of it.”
His video is blowing-up on-line.
Now the extreme weather could help the man’s extreme business.
A tow rope is attached to a pulley on a cable strung across two towers powered by a motor controlled by Vegas, “Ten minutes is your round. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall. You could wakeboard, you can hydro slide, tube, wake skate, wake surf. Whatever you want to get pulled by really.”
And who woulda thunk? Those Grand Isle water spouts are helping, “Facebook sharing it then one person shares it with an another,” says Vegas.
Wake Side offers lessons and birthday parties. Call for reservations.
The costs is about thirty five dollars for the first ride, twenty for any ride after, depending on if you bring your own board.