Lightning strikes Florida cell tower: nice for news, bad for business

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Lightning strikes Florida cell tower: nice for news, bad for business

A summer storm hit a cell tower in Seminole County, Florida on July 7th. A local resident caught the action on his phone which had the local news station reporting the awesome sight. Unfortunately, while the news station was lauding the amateur photographer’s great shot, chances are the owners of the cell tower were scrambling to assess the damage.

As our modern technology advances and systems become more complex, the damage nature can cause becomes more significant, and more expensive to repair. Cell towers, by design, are highly susceptible to lightning strikes and important measures must be taken to protect them. Even systems that have been protected by grounding and other measures can still benefit from surge protection as we explained in our previous post, “Surge Protection, is it worth it?”

Lightning strike caught on camera (WKMG Local 6) – July 7th, 2015

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About the Author:

Joe is the general manager of Chirico Scientific, LLC. He has dedicated his 20-year career to keeping facilities protected. He has worked with such notable manufacturers as MTL and Pepperl+Fuchs in the field of process automation and is an expert in applications and product implementation for hazardous areas. Contact Joe with questions by leaving a comment below, or via email at jzullo@chiricoscientific.com.

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