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Lightning strike breaks thumb off Rio’s Christ statue

Most of us know that it is an old wives tale that lightning does not strike twice in the same place, and that is clearly evident in the case of Rio de Janeiro’s famed Christ the Redeemer statue. A lightning storm on Thursday, January 16, 2014 chipped part of the right thumb off the 125 foot statue. The statue is struck by lightning several times per year, and just last month another finger on the right hand was damaged by lightning during a storm.

There were nearly 40,000 lightning strikes detected around Rio de Janeiro during Thursday night’s storm, making it one of the most intense storms since Brazil started recording lightning strikes in 1999.

Read more about it online:

BBC: http://goo.gl/L1Hle1
Australian Broadcasting Company: http://goo.gl/43GZPw
NY Post: http://goo.gl/xPhzG6

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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