TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Edward Whalen and his family say they’ll never forget the strikingly scary moment they experienced while driving down I-75 on Friday evening.
The family was leaving St. Petersburg and headed back to their hotel when the unthinkable happened.
“She [Whalen’s daughter] yelled daddy what happened and I said we got hit by lightening,” Edward Whalen said
His wife Michaelle took the video while she rode in a car trailing behind the truck Whalen and their kids were riding in.
“She thought the storm was really neat looking and so she wanted to get a picture of it and she kept trying to snap pictures, she couldn’t catch it,” Whalen said. “So my son in law recommended she use that slow motion video.”
That’s when she caught the big moment.
“You could feel a slight buzz in the car when it hit us, and then my oldest daughter was sitting next to me and she jumped halfway in my lap and screamed,” Whalen said.
No one in the vehicle was injured, according to the family, however, the truck was “completely fried” by the lightning strike.
“I had to jump out of the truck and run back to her and hold her and let her know we were all fine. We were really confused. We had real bad headaches,” Whalen said. “That was always my dream truck, and I finally got it. I had just made my third payment on it and then boom. Hopefully, it’ll work out though.”
Whalen said he’s just glad they’re alive.
“It was pretty wild. After everything was done, my son said we needed to check ourselves in a couple days for super powers,” he said.
The National Weather Service issued a weather warning in Tampa on July 1, warning of flash flooding.