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A woman is lucky to be alive after coming just inches from being struck by lightning outside her home.

In dramatic footage, Stacey Holley can be heard screaming ‘oh my god!’ as she runs back indoors in terror after the lightning hits her property.

Ms Holley ventured out onto her porch in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, to film the thunderstorm coming up from the Gulf of Mexico on March 18. 

But as she stood undercover watching the rain, a bolt of lightning suddenly struck her wooden porch, sending sparks flying towards her.

She screamed out and then turned on her heel and fled indoors.  

Afterwards she said: ‘I grabbed my phone to record the rain/storm. I opened the door to get a better view and saw sparks!

Stacey Holley can be heard screaming as she runs back inside after the front porch of her DeFuniak Springs, Florida home is struck by lightning during a storm

Stacey Holley can be heard screaming as she runs back inside after the front porch of her DeFuniak Springs, Florida home is struck by lightning during a storm

Stacey Holley can be heard screaming as she runs back inside after the front porch of her DeFuniak Springs, Florida home is struck by lightning during a storm

Stacey Holley can be heard screaming as she runs back inside after the front porch of her DeFuniak Springs, Florida home is struck by lightning during a storm

Stacey Holley can be heard screaming as she runs back inside after the front porch of her DeFuniak Springs, Florida home is struck by lightning during a storm

‘It cracked two of the posts that hold the roof up. One is barely hanging on… it is currently unsafe to use that outlet.’

Florida’s northern panhandle has been hit by a spate of bad weather in recent weeks, including a tornado on the weekend.  

On March 18, when the video was filmed, DeFuniak Springs’ Walton County was pelted with heavy rain and turbulent weather.

'I grabbed my phone to record the rain/storm,' said Stacey. 'I opened the door to get a better view and saw sparks!'

'I grabbed my phone to record the rain/storm,' said Stacey. 'I opened the door to get a better view and saw sparks!'

‘I grabbed my phone to record the rain/storm,’ said Stacey. ‘I opened the door to get a better view and saw sparks!’

In neighbouring Okaloosa County the Sheriff’s Department reported downed power lines and trees from the weather caused road closures. 

A storm system, which may be determined to be a tornado, was also reported and local officials put in place a Level 2 emergency response.

No serious injures have been reported.

Heavy rains of about two to four inches fell across the county.  

Source: dailymail

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