When lightning strikes, you would normally expect to see heavy rains and flooding.
But in Mississippi, it's a different story.
— James Spann (@spann) April 22, 2017
James Spann is a certified broadcast meteorologist from America, and retweeted Twitter user @jkroxie's photo of a tree that was struck by lightning.
The North-Eastern regions of the US state have been subject to severe thunderstorms.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Booneville MS, Iuka MS, Tishomingo MS until 3:15 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/xVnOIN6sF5— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) April 22, 2017
People could not believe how dystopian the photo seemed.
Pretty sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. https://t.co/WU2h7nMUdC— Gwendolen Crane (@GwendolenCrane) April 23, 2017
Sheeeit, I know the fires of Mordor when I see them. The eye of Sauron is upon you, town of Baldwyn. https://t.co/Uz1xmKNeS8— A.M. Novak (@BookishPlinko) April 23, 2017
While some drew parallels with Lord of the Rings, others tweeted explainers for the incredible phenomenon.
The heartwood, or center of a tree, is dead and has very little moisture. The outer sapwood is alive and is full of water so it doesn't burn https://t.co/tkyY5dSiPX— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) April 23, 2017
How can forest fires start when it's really wet out? Here's one way. (Tree smolders inside, ignites litter later after it dries.) https://t.co/T0s23IMRAp— Wally Smith (@SWVirginiaCSI) April 22, 2017
Keep your rings safe this thunderstorm, Mississippi.
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