Woman Captures Startling Moment She Was Nearly Struck by Lightning

A woman captured the astonishing moment she was nearly struck by lightning in a video that has since gone viral.

Shared by TikTok user @mcwilliamzzz17, the video was viewed nearly 9 million times as it showed her out on a walk with her sister before a flash of lightning appeared.

According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, most lightning flashes start inside of a cloud. A channel may develop toward the surface if a flash is going to strike the ground.

Lightning Strike
Here, a stock image of a lightning strike. A woman posted a viral video showing the moment she was nearly struck by lightning while out for a walk. mesut zengin/iStock

"When it gets less than roughly [100] yards [off] the ground, objects like trees and bushes and buildings start sending up sparks to meet it," the agency said.

Tall objects, like trees and skyscrapers, are most likely to be struck by lightning.

"However, this does not always mean tall objects will be struck," the organization said. "Lightning can strike the ground in an open field even if the tree line is close by."

In her video, @mcwilliamzzz17 was filming herself as she and her sister were out for a walk in a field. Ominous gray clouds gathered in the sky as gusts of wind blew in the background.

"It would start pouring rain on our walk," she said before turning around to talk to her sister.

Suddenly, lightning flashed, causing @mcwilliamzzz17 to yell out in surprise before the video abruptly ended.

In a second video, @mcwilliamzzz17 assured viewers that she was safe and not hurt from the lightning strike.

She explained that she goes for walks with her sister in that field, but because it is somewhat of a distance away from home, it is difficult to immediately get inside if there are storms that roll through.

"The lightning was right over our heads," @mcwilliamzzz17 said. "It was striking the hill above us, it was honestly really scary."

She continued and said that they were sprinting to get to a safe place. After the lightning flashed, @mcwilliamzzz17 said she was unsure where exactly it struck.

She said she wasn't sure if the lightning hit her phone, which @mcwilliamzzz17 said flashed brightly, or just behind her.

"After that happened, my sister and I, we were taking off," @mcwilliamzzz17 said.

A neighbor let them sit on their covered porch until the storm, which she noted was not in the forecast, pass.

While @mcwilliamzzz17 and her sister were safe, she said that her roommate's car was struck by lightning during the storm and now does not turn on.

"Overall, very terrifying experience," she said.

Viewers shared their shock on both videos @mcwilliamzzz17 posted, some theorizing that the lightning likely struck behind her.

"Naw you see [it] doesn't matter if it hit you directly if it hits anywhere near you insanely dangerous," a viewer wrote. "Thank god you're good."

"Glad you're OK," another viewer wrote. "Making me think twice about me standing out in storms on purpose."

"Definitely struck like behind you or suuuuper close by your side bc if it struck your phone it would've fried it," one commenter said.

Another said they had a similar experience as @mcwilliamzzz17.

"I almost got struck as well quite a while back, about six feet away, it was an insane feeling," they said.

Newsweek reached out to @mcwilliamzzz17 for comment.

Other stunning lightning strikes have been captured on video.

A man hit a golf ball during a storm that was struck by lightning.

Another video showed the moment that lighting struck a newly-built house, while several videos were shared and went viral showing the lightning strikes in Los Angeles, California.