Maui man shocked in own home during Tropical Storm FlossieUPDATED 7:01 PM HST Aug 01, 2013Video Transcript
They say the safest place to be during a lightning storm is inside your house. So a Maui man is wondering how he got shocked inside his Ha'iku home during Monday's storm even though his house didn't have power. KITV 4's Cam Tran explains what may have happened and how you can avoid the same kind of shock. One flash after another, Flossie produced lightning which pierced the Maui sky. MINOBE IN:29:06 IT WAS LIGHTNING AND THUNDER RIGHT THROUGH, THE THUNDER WASN'T EVEN DONE AND THERE WAS LIGHTNING AND EVERYTHING, IT WAS JUST BOOM BOOM BOOM RIGHT THROUGH Worried about the storm, Mark Minobe and his wife stayed inside their Haiku home. When the power went out the couple thought they were safe at home until Mark got the shock of his life. MARK MINOBE , HAIKU RESIDENT IN: 26:43 I JUST FINISHED EATING DINNER AND TOOK MY BOWL TO THE SINK AND I WAS GOING TO FILL IT UP WITH WATER I TURNED ON FAUCET, JUST WHEN I TURNED ON THE FAUCET THAT'S WHEN I GOT SHOCKED , I DROPPED TO MY KNEES I HAD NO CONTROL 27:01 27:28 I WAS SCARED, HOW COME I'M GETTING SHOCKED FORM A WATER FAUCET? But according to Mike Cantin with the National Weather Service , you can get shocked even inside your home . 22:26 WHAT LIKELY HAPPENED IS THE LIGHTING STRIKE STRUCK THE GROUND AND PASSED INTO SOME PIPES UNDERNEATH THE GROUND AND FOLLOWED THE PIPES INTO THE HOME AND THE INDIVIDUAL GOT SHOCKED 22:35 Monday's storm produced more than a thousand lightning strikes, many of them rare and dangerous cloud to ground hits. IN:25:24 MOST OF THE TIME IF ITS AN AVERAGE THUNDERSTOR M,WE GET STRIKES HERE AND THERE BUT WE SAW VERY INTENSE LIGHTNING MANY STIRKES, MANY CLOUD TO GROUND STRIKES, IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IN A CONCENTRATE D AREA SO YOUR ODDS GO UP DRAMATICALLY 25:39 That's why to stay safe during any thunderstorm Cantin recommends staying away from any water, even if you're indoors. IN: 22:39 WE DON'T SEE IT VERY OFTEN BUT THOSE PIPES CAN CONDUCT ELECTRICITY FROM THE OUTSIDE INTO YOUR HOME THAT'S WHY WE RECOMMEND STAYING AWAY FROM FAUCETS, DON'T JUMP IN THE SHOWER, DON'T' JUMP IN THE TUB, STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT'S AN ELECTRICAL OUTLETS OR WHERE ELECTRICITY CAN FUNNEL THROUGH THEM AS WELL 22:55 CAM TRAN, STATIC ELECTRICITY CAN TRAVEL THROUGH THE PHONE LINES. CANTIN RECOMMENDS NOT BEING ON THE PHONE EVEN A CORDLESS ONE TO AVOID ANY STATIC FEEDBACK. To make sure you're in the clear, wait 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder clap to touch any faucets or electronics. Cam Tran KITV 4 News.