Shoreham church struck by lightning amid storms, heatPosted: Updated:
The Rocky Point Fire District says that St. Anselm's Episcopal Church on Woodville Road in Shoreham was struck by lightning during Tuesday's severe weather.
Barbara Dougherty, of St. Anselm's Episcopal Church, says all of a sudden there was huge crack of thunder and lightning. Dougherty says the church lost its phone and internet connection and it was a little scary.
The lightning strike happened amid storms across Suffolk County.
News 12 viewer Peter Ragan captured torrential rain and hail on camera in Rocky Point.
Another pop-up storm took down trees and powerlines in a small portion of Suffolk's North Shore.
Helene Giarraputo says the storm was scary. Giarraputo works as a home health aide for an elderly woman in Rocky Point.
"The next thing I know I see the tree come down in front of my eyes and the sparks," says Giarraputo. "No electric, no nothing. I had to run, I had no phone. I was trying to dial 911, but there's no landline so I ran in the road and I waved a lady down who stopped for me."
Giarraputo says the hail coming down was huge. She says she was shaken from the storm, and then all of sudden the sun was back out.