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Hail and lightning are two things I pull off the road for. Every time. Had a riding buddy that got hit while riding years ago. Decided then it just wasn't worth it. I am never in that much of a hurry.

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It sure blew the road apart...THAT was impressive.

I've huddled under an overpass while small twister went by. Never really thought about lighting as it's little risk in a cage.
 

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Lightning is the thing that will give me pause about riding in the rain. Getting wet I don't mind as long as it's not cold. When the lightning starts popping I find shelter.

MacDoc, the experts will tell you that huddling under an overpass is a bad thing to do in a twister. If it gets close enough the overpass will act like a funnel and intensify the wind speed going under it. Your better off laying in a ditch or other low depression or even flat on level ground. One of those things you learn when you live in tornado alley.
 

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Well there was this problem ...
The underpass I was under alongi with every other car on the highway -90% pf whom were stopped was well up above the ground level with fences heading into a big sweeper that was 6 stories up..I always get a thrill carving that turn as it feels like flying.......this is the view from the top

You see how close to eye level that nearest light standard is and how tall they are,...it's a looooog way up.



I thought I could make the turn before the rain hit ( no sense of a twister then ).

The rain was horizontal and I could barely hold the bike up stopped.
I was glad there were cars behind me stopped on the shoulder under the underpass as well.

Even after the worst had passed it was so turbulent up there I pulled off again under the next underpass to wait a bit longer.

Home is 10 miles away and by the time I got there was sunny and a clear sky.

Tight little sucker of storm cell nailed that monster flyover just as I got there.
Only heard later a funnel was spotted.

We rarely get anything serious in Ontario but I'll be a bit warier trying to out run one.
 

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Glad you posted that up - was going to then could not locate my thread. What a melt down.

Came across this

HEHALIS, WA (KPTV) -
A man on a motorcycle heading north on Interstate 5 in Washington was struck by a bolt of lightning.

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PHOTOS: Man on motorcycle hit by bolt of lightning

The bolt blew out the face shield of his helmet, tore up the interior padding and melted wiring in the helmet and on the motorcycle.More >
Washington State Patrol said it happened at 9:30 a.m. Thursday near Chehalis. The lightning hit the 59-year-old motorcycle rider's helmet.

Police said the man initially pulled off to the shoulder of the freeway in a daze, unsure of what had happened. Witnesses stopped and told him he'd just been hit by lightning.

Firefighters said, at that point, he got back on his bike and kept on riding. The man took Exit 76 into Chehalis, where he stopped at a convenience store and asked for help.

Firefighters said the drivers behind him reported seeing both his helmet and motorcycle light up when the lightning hit him. They said it was a "direct hit" from the lightning strike.

Police and firefighters said the bolt blew out the face shield of his helmet, tore up the interior padding and melted wiring in the helmet and on the motorcycle.

A photo from LewisCountySirens.com shows the motorcycle rider talking to emergency crews after the lightning strike.

The man from Tenino, WA has not been identified. He was taken to the hospital for burns to his ears and neck, according to firefighters. He was treated and released.
http://www.kptv.com/story/23352247/ride-the-lightning-man-on-motorcycle-hit-by-lightning-bolt-on-i-5

Niever occurred to me to be concerned either car or motorcycle as I thought the tires tended to prevent a ground path developing for the pre-strike path.
 
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