Severe Thunderstorm and Extreme Lightning (Part 1)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Plug into good speakers for the best experience. This is the better of the two videos. Storm downed limbs and small trees, gusts as high as 70 mph (not in the videos). All damage caused by straight line winds and microbursts. When this video was shot, the Tampa Bay area had recorded nearly 1,100 lightning strikes in 15 minutes. The lightning strike at 53 seconds hit between 200 and 500 feet from me.