Last night was a big night for presidential hopefuls with the primaries taking place in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Illinois. It was also a big night for severe weather. Just after the polls closed in the Windy City Tuesday night, lightning was closing in on a pole of its own – the one at the top of the Trump Tower. Instagram user mrmikeyv captured it all on camera, and the video has since gone viral.
“Thunderstorms rolled through the Chicago metro area late Tuesday night and there was considerable lightning with the storms, particularly between 10 p.m. and midnight,” weather.com meteorologist Quincy Vagell said. Vagell said it’s more common than you’d think for tall skyscrapers to be struck by lightning. “In fact, the Empire State Building in New York, which keeps track of lightning strikes, is struck about 25 times per year,” Vagell said. “Considering the frequency of thunderstorms is greater in Chicago, the odds of buildings being struck are even greater than they are in New York.” READ MORE