The average lightning strike carries a potential of about 100 million volts, although the voltage can range from as low as 10 million volts to as high as one billion volts. The exact voltage of a lightning strike depends on various factors such as the length and intensity of the discharge, the electric field in the atmosphere, and the distance between the cloud and the ground. The current in a typical lightning bolt can be as high as 30,000 amperes, and the temperature of the lightning channel can reach up to 30,000 degrees Celsius (54,000 degrees Fahrenheit), making lightning a powerful and dangerous natural phenomenon.
What happens when lightning hits my house?
When lightning strikes a house, it can cause various types of damage depending on the strength of the strike and the design and construction of the building. Some possible effects of a lightning strike on a house include: