Montana Woman Survives Lightning Strike While Camping on Friday Night

Arm of woman struck by lighting on Friday night.

A woman from Missoula, Montana survived being struck by lightning on Friday night in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.

She was camping on a river near the town of Hamilton with family and friends when a thunderstorm rolled through the area.

The woman suffered 3-degree burns from the lightning strike.

“She says she was holding a stainless steel mug when she saw an orange flash and fell out of her chair.” – NBC Montana

She was life-flighted to Missoula and treated for 3-degree burns to her toes, forearm, and wrist.

by National Geographic

Lightning can deliver up to 1 billion volts of electricity.

Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface. 

Lightning strikes during thunderstorms kill more Americans each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes.

About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year.

Strikes can cause cardiac arrest and severe burns, but 9 of every 10 people survive.

The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during a lifetime.

Map showing approximate location of lighting strike.