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No one can stop lightning....

But, a properly installed lightning protection system (lightning rods) would have likely prevented any serious damage in both cases.

From what I understand, a lightning protection system and fire sprinklers add a few thousand dollars to the construction cost. Given that the house that was just struck, and the house at 1 Palmetto Point Drive have property values of $1.2 Million and $1.9 Million respectively, it would have been a drop in the bucket.

The positive things here are that no one was injured, and no one's personal home was damaged. These are both commercial investment properties, and likely well insured. (Source - tax records) Maybe when the reconstruction is done, they'll take the necessary precautions.

The houses on any of the islands are all very vulnerable since they literally are targets due to being the highest objects in the area. Really, any unprotected building is at risk during a thunderstorm. We've seen houses, condos, and apartment buildings take hits locally in the past few years.

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