Lightning Strikes Two Nixa Women in Thursday Storms

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/06 2014 08:54AM

Updated 06/06 2014 09:48PM


NIXA, Mo. -- Two Nixa women were struck by lightning during the storms Thursday.

Kesha Mathews and her neighbor Kathy Wright’s lives changed in a flash after the lightning strike during Thursday’s storms.

Matthews says she was sitting on her porch when she heard a loud boom of thunder. That's when she said she suddenly saw fire and, two to three seconds later, felt a jolt that threw her through her house door.

Wright was sitting in a chair in her garage when she felt the heat across her face and saw a flash of light.

Both have been checked out by doctors and taken in for tests, cat scans and x-rays.

Doctors told Mathews if the strike didn't stop where it did, it could've stopped her heart and injured her brain.

"I don't know how to explain it,” says Mathews. “It was just weird, like being hit by a train and electrocuted at the same time, you know? That kind of hurt feeling and zap. I'm never going out in a thunderstorm ever, and I just thank God I am thankful for my life you know this is a second chance.”

Wright says she just feels lucky to be alive.

"It took me a few minutes to realize what had happened to me," she says. "It reminds you to be grateful for your life and things you have."

Mathews says she has to go to a trauma clinic next week to be evaluated.


NIXA, Mo. -- A woman is recovering after being shocked by a lightning strike in Nixa, Missouri, fire officials say.

Nixa Fire Chief Whitney Weaver says the woman was injured shortly after 11:00 am Thursday, when heavy lightning and storms moved across Christian County.

The woman, whose name was not released, was standing on her porch in the 200 block of Village Court, when she was struck by lightning.

Weaver says it's unclear what the woman was touching at the time she was shocked.

She was taken to an area hospital to be checked out, but Weaver describes her injuries as minor.

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