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Authorities: Coosa Co. woman uninjured after being hit by lightning

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Talk about miracles, a Coosa County woman is living proof that they can happen. Authorities rushed to the scene of a call in regards to a person being struck by lightning Monday afternoon.

Goodwater police say 49-year-old Marie Smith was talking on her cellphone while standing on the front porch of her home around 5 p.m.

As Smith stood there, a bolt of lightning hit her phone, traveled down the right side of her body and exited through her calf.

Medics rushed to the scene where they should have found Smith in serious condition, or even dead. Police say not only was she uninjured by the bolt of lightning, she stood and talked to paramedics about the ordeal.

Smith was transported from the scene and taken to Coosa Valley Medical Center where doctors could run tests on her. Authorities report she suffered no visible injuries, though she did complain of minor joint pain in her right hand.

The lightning strike victim was allowed to leave the hospital Monday evening and is doing well.

Lightning is the second leading cause of storm-related deaths in the United States each year, eclipsed only by floods. Each year more than 1,000 in the U.S. are struck by lightning.

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