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Lightning strikes La Crosse area 100 times

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -Car accidents, down power lines, alarms triggered by lightning, a potential fire. Spring came in like a lion with the first severe thunderstorm of the season this weekend.

Tim Halbach, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said between 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday morning, lightning struck the La Crosse area about 100 times.

Halbach said that is pretty typical for these types of storms. Lightning usually hits tall objects like trees or antennas, but sometimes it can hit buildings too.

Severe storms are typical for this time of year, and lightning usually comes with them.

Halbach said lightning is "Part of any thunderstorm it just depends when the charge heats up and the spark happens between the thunderstorm and the ground."

Halbach said when lightning strikes it can get as hot as 50,000 degrees farenheit.

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