Lightning Strike 'Fries' Camera at Weather Station in Maine

The National Weather Service (NWS) said one of its cameras in south-central Maine was “struck and fried” by a lightning strike on Thursday evening, July 21, as strong storms moved through the US northeast.

The NWS office in Gray released this footage from the camera, which is located Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport, which shows storm clouds passing by before the image turns deep pink, indicating the feed had been broken.

“Here are its last frames before being struck and fried, with slo-mo,” NWS Gray wrote on Twitter.

The lightning strike also impacted their on-site radar, the office said.

A “severe thunderstorm warning”: had been in effect for parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont Thursday as the NWS warned of hail, wind, and lightning. Credit: NWS Gray via Storyful

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