Woman Hit By Lightning Left With "Metallic Taste" in Mouth

By Terry McSweeney
|  Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 1:05 PM PDT
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An Oakland woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine. Terry McSweeney reports.

An Oakland woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine. Terry McSweeney reports.

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A California woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine.

Emily Davis said she has a lingering metallic taste in her mouth and that her teeth hurt a bit after the bizarre event. She got checked out by a healthcare provider on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old woman says she was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon as she was crossing Adeline Street in Berkeley.

Davis was holding an umbrella in one hand and a coffee in the other when she heard a nearby clap of thunder.

"I started to have that metallic taste in my mouth and after that it looked like someone took a picture with the flash, and a bolt of light went down my umbrella hand," Davis said. "My hands started shaking. I couldn't control it for five minutes."

Davis said she threw her coffee on the ground because she could no longer hold it while her hands shook uncontrollably.

According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 500,000. About 60 people each year are killed by lightning in the United States, and several hundred are injured.

Lightning and electricity are no strangers to Davis' family.

Her father is an electrician. Davis' grandfather also served as an electrician, she said.

And to top it off Davis said her great-great-great-grandfather was struck by lightning and killed while sitting on a horse in Missouri.

Davis plans to have an EKG done on Wednesday to make sure her heart is strong.

Representatives from the Katie Couric show have also reached out to Davis for a possible appearance on the show.

 

Chris Roberts contributed to this report.

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