Lightning Strikes Molino Home; Hundreds Without Power Saturday Afternoon

July 5, 2009


Strong storms moved across a portion of the North Escambia area Saturday afternoon. One house in Molino was struck by lightning, and hundreds of homes and businesses were left without power for up to five hours.

About 5:45 Saturday afternoon, firefighters from the Molino station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to a reported lightning strike at a home on Kemala Avenue, between Highway 95A and Nicholson Drive. When they arrived, they found a small fire had been started by the lightning in a storage area off a carport at the home. There was no major damage and no injuries reported.

That same storm dropped up to two inches of rain in areas from Pineville through Enon and Molino. Hundreds of residents and a few businesses were left without power, including a few hundred Escambia River Electric Cooperative customers in the Walnut Hill area that were without power for just over two hours and some Gulf Power Company customers in the Quintette area that were without power for about five hours.

Pictured above: Firefighters were called to this home on Kemala Avenue in Molino Saturday afternoon after a reported lightning strike. photo, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Lightning Strikes Molino Home; Hundreds Without Power Saturday Afternoon”

  1. Oh My on July 6th, 2009 10:42 am

    wow, we had no rain or power outages, it was just dang hot and humid. Sorry for you folks that had no power. I know with my breathing problems and us having no power would of probably sent me to the hospital. Can’t handle this heat.
    All residents please stay safe. glad no one was injured in the fire.

  2. Ashley on July 5th, 2009 1:25 pm

    I am really glad no one was hurt in this accident. The storm put my families power out also. And the lightning struck one of our cows, and killed it.

  3. Molino Resident on July 5th, 2009 12:44 pm

    I live close to the house that was struck by lightening and was trying to quickly gather our dinner up and take it inside when that lightening struck. Wow it was close I actually turned around to make sure it didn’t hit my father who was a few steps behind me. I’m glad no one was hurt and no major damage occurred.

  4. bratt on July 5th, 2009 8:49 am

    no rain in Bratt

  5. Cheryl on July 5th, 2009 6:07 am

    Not sure if our power outage was from the same lightning strike, but N. Chipper and Rocky Branch Road was out from 6pm to 11pm. Gulf Power said they were having a difficult time figuring out the source of the problem, so I doubt it was from Kemala Avenue. Plus, we didn’t even get any rain from this either, bummer!

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