(NECN: Lauren Collins, Derry, NH) - It happens in an instant; Lightning strikes in front of our camera outside the NECN New Hampshire bureau in Manchester.
"I thought I was going to die," said Kristi Arford of nearby Derry after lightning struck a tree near her house.
"I got to the back door and then there was a loud thunder and a big jolt of lightning. When I grabbed the back door, I felt a shock all throughout my body and it knocked me on the ground."
Frequent lightening accompanied hail, wind, and relentless downpours across a wide of swath of the state.
"It has been an active afternoon and we've had a lot of rain and the rain hasn't let up for about an hour and a half," said Candia Fire Lt. Matt Dube.
Candia crews responded to a home on Tower Hill Road for a report of a teenager struck by lightning through his laptop. Fortunately, when they got there, "there was no burn injuries and we signed him off. We did not transport him to the hospital," said Lt. Dube.
Luck strikes more than once on this stormy afternoon.