A direct lightning strike on the city of Seymour’s 1926 water tower near the southwest corner of the square left the Seymour Police Department without radio services around 11:35 a.m. Monday morning.
Heavy rains hit Seymour around 11:25 a.m.
Ten minutes later, the city was consumed in a severe thunderstorm, then the direct strike occurred.
Witnessing the strike were William Pogue, a North Ward alderman for the city, and his oldest son, Adam Pogue, a Rogersville police officer.
“It was a direct hit, and it even blew paint off the water tower,” William Pogue said.
The strike also knocked out telephone and Internet service for numerous city businesses and residents. Completely lost was Mediacom service.
By 11:45 a.m., the rains had slowed, then a new round of heavy rain arrived five minutes later.
Rainfall continued the rest of the afternoon.
The end result was widespread flooding conditions in several areas within Seymour’s city limits.