From family in Florida, seems we will have little to say when or where or how.
Hmm, very interesting. We had a similar situation with our next door neighbor’s house a few years ago: lightning struck a tree in the front yard, and it travelled through the roots to the porch, lept through the air to the doorbell (blowing a hole in the concrete block wall in the process), and entered the electrical system. Numerous appliances were fried. It then got into the phone line, went out to the pole and into our house, blowing out a light bulb (as in cracked glass) and frying a GFCI outlet on the other side of the wall where the service connect was. Thankfully neither us nor them were at home at the time...or we’d at least be a little deafer than we are. Fact of the matter is, lightning rods are designed to dissipate the electric charge in the air to help prevent lightning striking...but it can still find a way in, as we both know. Wild stuff!