ROYAL KUNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - TV and KSSK radio personality Sweetie Pacarro, and her children had just watched the stormy light show outside their window in Royal Kunia Monday night. They were getting ready for bed when … boom! Pacarro looked outside to see sparks - then, shingles - fly off her roof.
The odds of getting struck by lightning are a million-to-one. Pacarro likes to think the odds are in her favor.
"We saw the bright, just extremely, extremely bright light, but when it hit, we're like 'Oh!' and it sounded like an explosion," Pacarro recalls.
Her 20 year old daughter, Courtney, was terrified when she saw the long flash of light heading her way. "It was so bright. My room lit up, and then, I ducked down and then, I looked back, and all I saw were sparks."
Ground zero of the lightning strike is located right at the tip of their roof. It looks like they lit a small bonfire there. Roof shingles litter the ground, and inside, the scorched attic and splintered beams smell of fire.
"I'm not going to lie. I was pretty scared," says Pacarro's 15 year old son, Ihaka, "but I just stayed calm." Ihaka's normally upbeat mom felt the same. "Fear, scared," explains a tearful Pacarro. "Every single emotion that comes through, and then, you just realize that all of this is, it is just materialistic, and my children are okay."
While these pyrotechnics are uncommon in Hawaii, keep this in mind: lightning can travel through electrical, phone, and plumbing systems. So, during lightning storms, stay off corded phones. Don't touch electrical equipment or other cords. Avoid plumbing, including washing hands, showering, and washing dishes. Stay away from windows, doors, and off of lanai. And don't lean or lie on concrete because lightning can move through its metal wiring. In fact, Pacarro's husband believes the bolt grounded on their concrete garage floor.
Now that Pacarro's had time to count her blessings, we wondered if maybe winning the lottery isn't such a longshot. "Absolutely!" says a laughing Pacarro, "'cause lightning's gonna strike twice, and Megabucks, here I come!
Our bet's on you, Sweetie.