What Happens to Your Body When You're Hit by Lightning

The chances of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 13,000, and the odds of dying from a lightning strike are even lower. However, that doesn't keep the prospect of being struck by lightning from being morbidly fascinating and kind of terrifying. It just seems like Zeus is striking you down, or that you've won (or lost) some sort of ethereal lottery. Maybe you're wondering how it feels when you're struck by lightning. Well, thanks to some helpful survivors, we actually have a pretty solid idea of how that goes. 

When talking about what it's like to be hit by lightning, it's important to note that it's basically the biggest shock your body can take. You're getting hit with more electricity, heat, and force than you can get from basically anywhere else, so it's hard to compare to other things. However, your body does have a few ways of compensating, and the experience is bound to be, at the least, memorable.

So if you're still curious about what lightning strikes feel like, time to take a deep breath and keep reading. Some of these details, pictures, and concepts are a little graphic, so proceed with caution if you're squeamish.