Lightning strike sends Northport man flying 20 feet

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NORTHPORT -

Jonathan Borriello says he got the scare of his life when he was watching a wild storm Sunday night and was struck by lightning.

"Before I knew it, I was sprawled out on the floor, unable to move, couldn't really hear anything, couldn't see anything," recalls the 29-year-old from Northport.

Borriello says he was standing on his front porch on Ocean Avenue to get a better view of the intense thunder and lightning that passed through the area. He says he was taking down the flag in front of his home and placed it on his porch. Moments later, a tree about 10 feet away was struck by lightning. The bolt traveled down the tree and struck him on the left shoulder and arm, throwing him about 20 feet.

Police and fire departments responded and took Borriello to the hospital. He was treated for some burns to his hands and says he still has tingling in his arms but is otherwise OK. Police say he's lucky to be alive.

Borriello says he's still trying to process what happened, but he knows he won't be standing outside next time there's a storm.

The tree that was struck outside Borriello's house will be cut down for safety reasons.

Borriello says he will be playing the lottery, takes nothing for granted anymore and doesn't have any superpowers he's aware of -- just yet.

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